Asymptomatic Recovered with Skills Goal Maintain Gains Initiate MCT

When patients' symptoms have not met criteria for major depression, the HRSD (or other symptom severity measure) score has been below 5 (or the measure's equivalent) more weeks than not during the past 8 or more consecutive months, and psychosocial functioning is fully restored, then patients can be declared "recovered" from an episode of MDD. When patients also have acquired the basic CT compensatory skills and have learned to generalize the so-called "critical skills" to new target problems and situations, they are ready to "graduate" from C-CT to maintenance-phase CT (M-CT). The aims of M-CT are to maintain recovery and to prevent recurrence or new depressive episodes. During M-CT some patients move from habitually using compensatory skills to achieving a fundamental and meaningful change in their lifestyle and perceptions of the world, self, and future. The few data that exist on M-CT suggest that (1) the preventive effects of C-CT are finite for most patients (Jarrett et al., 2001), (2) M-CT may have a preventive effect (Blackburn & Moore, 1997), and (3) M-CT my be necessary to help at-risk patients stay well. At this time, it is unknown how many sessions of M-CT are necessary and/or sufficient to prevent recurrence and to sustain recovery, the optimal time between sessions, or the duration of the maintenance phase needed to accomplish these goals. This area is ripe for research.

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