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How do you define remission?

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  • 1INSERM, Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France. lecru@ext.jussieu.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To underscore the need to attain remission in the treatment of depression, taking into consideration the appropriate definitions of response and remission, as well as the impact of residual symptomatology.

METHOD:

A review of research pertaining to successful response and remission of depression following antidepressant intervention, as identified by a comprehensive MEDLINE search.

RESULTS:

Complete remission is both critical and attainable with appropriate antidepressant therapy.

CONCLUSION:

While adequate response to antidepressant medication is desired, the ultimate goal of therapy is remission, the achievement of an asymptomatic state characterized by complete functional recovery.

PMID:
12492767
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