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What is the long-term prognosis for depression in veterans?

Most depressed patients who recover fully from the condition, without a recurrence, do so in the first three months to a year after beginning treatment. The more severe the depression, the longer it takes for recovery, and the more likely it is there will be a recurrence of the condition. About 25% of depressed veterans will continue to experience symptoms for months or years later. Once you have had a depressive episode, you are 50% more likely to have another one in the future. Older veterans and those in ill health generally have a poorer long-term prognosis for recovery from depression. Other factors that affect recovery rates are length of time before beginning treatment, alcohol use, income and marital stability.

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