What Risk Factors Have Been Documented

For patients who no longer meet DSM-IV criteria for MDD after an A-CT trial, a critical decision is whether to continue or discontinue CT. Whereas some patients who respond to A-CT have fewer risk factors for relapse and recurrence and may discontinue treatment safely and proceed to periodic, longitudinal evaluation, other responders to A-CT have a high risk for relapse and are strong candidates for C-CT. Although there are numerous risk factors for relapse and recurrence (e.g., unstable remission and early onset), residual symptoms at the end of acute-phase treatment are a robust predictor (e.g.,Jarrett et al., 2001; Thase et al., 1992), and their assessment is practical, so we expand on this finding below. Specifically, we describe a method that enables clinicians to use any of several of these popular symptom measures to identify patients who likely require C-CT to avoid relapse and recurrence.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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