4.1.3 维持期 抑郁症具有高复发性,尤其是≥3次抑郁发作及慢性抑郁患者,多个指南明确提出应该继续进行维持期治疗。如合并抑郁症家族史、起病早、症状残存、持续应激等危险因素时,需考虑进行维持治疗。WHO建议对单次发作、症状轻、间歇期长(≥5年)者,一般可不维持治疗,但也有较多专家认为首次抑郁症发作也应维持6~8个月的治疗。维持治疗的时间长短各指南论述不一,差异较大,应根据患者的综合情况个体化考虑。一般倾向至少持续2~3年,多次复发者主张长期维持治疗。维持治疗期间应定期进行病情及疗效评估,关注早期复发征象,监测药物不良反应。长期维持治疗,如病情稳定,各方面评估良好者,可考虑缓慢减药直至停药。减药期间应加强监测,一旦发现早期复发征象,应立即恢复原先治疗剂量。国内外多个指南推荐,维持期建议加强心理治疗,如认知行为治疗、团体自助模式等,纠正错误的观点及认知,建立积极的自助、社交心态,可有效降低抑郁症复发率,改善疾病预后。
And then the anxiety set in. If you told me that I'd have to be depressed for the next month, I would say, "As long I know it'll be over in November, I can do it." But if you said to me, "You have to have acute anxiety for the next month," I would rather slit my wrist than go through it. It was the feeling all the time like that feeling you have if you're walking and you slip or trip and the ground is rushing up at you, but instead of lasting half a second, the way that does, it lasted for six months. It's a sensation of being afraid all the time but not even knowing what it is that you're afraid of. And it was at that point that I began to think that it was just too painful to be alive, and that the only reason not to kill oneself was so as not to hurt other people.
Patients with chronic depression (CD) by definition respond less well to standard forms of psychotherapy, so they are more likely to be high utilizers of psychiatric resources. Therefore, the aim of this guidance paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of current psychotherapy for CD. The evidence of efficacy is critically reviewed and recommendations for clinical applications and research are given. We performed a systematic literature search to identify studies on psychotherapy in CD, evaluated the retrieved documents and developed evidence tables and recommendations through a consensus process among experts and stakeholders. We developed 5 recommendations which may help providers to select psychotherapeutic treatment options for this patient group. The EPA considers both psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy to be effective in CD and recommends both approaches. The best effect is achieved by combined treatment with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, which should therefore be the treatment of choice. The EPA recommends psychotherapy with an interpersonal focus (e.g. the Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy [CBASP]) for the treatment of CD and a personalized approach based on the patient's preferences. The DSM-5 nomenclature of persistent depressive disorder (PDD), which includes CD subtypes, has been an important step towards a more differentiated treatment and understanding of these complex affective disorders. Apart from dysthymia, ICD-10 still does not provide a separate entity for a chronic course of depression. The differences between patients with acute episodic depression and those with CD need to be considered in the planning of treatment. Specific psychotherapeutic treatment options are recommended for patients with CD. Patients with chronic forms of depression should be offered tailored psychotherapeutic treatments that address their specific needs and deficits. Combination treatment with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy is the first-line treatment recommended for CD. More research is needed to develop more effective treatments for CD, especially in the longer term, and to identify which patients benefit from which treatment algorithm.
But in 1994, three years later, I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn't want to do any of the things I had previously wanted to do, and I didn't know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. And it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and I would see the red light flashing on my answering machine, and instead of being thrilled to hear from my friends, I would think, "What a lot of people that is to have to call back." Or I would decide I should have lunch, and then I would think, but I'd have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and swallow it, and it felt to me like the Stations of the Cross.