16 March 2018

Take 8: Treat depression to remission

Clinical Mental Health

Patients with depression are less likely to relapse if they are treated to remission, says psychiatrist Dr Tom Paterson

Some psychotherapists get excited if there is an improvement in a patient’s depression, he says.

“They will tell you that the drug works if you get somebody 50% better on a MADRS scale. But what you want is to get people better completely.

“If the patient is not completely better when you’ve treated them, their risk of relapse is substantially higher. So I would urge you to make sure when you treat patients, you treat them to remission.”