Relapse from antidepressant medication may be lack of response to medication

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Study suggests that loss of depression treatment response is likely due to loss of placebo response.

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A new study by Rhode Island Hospital researchers indicates that a relapse during antidepressant continuation treatment may be due to a relapse in patients who were not true drug responders. The loss of drug response may be due to loss of placebo response (a positive medical response to taking a placebo as if it were an active medication.). The study was published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Historically, the treatment of depression is divided into three phases

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