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Course and prognosis of mood disorders 

Course and prognosis of mood disorders
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Course and prognosis of mood disorders
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Jules Angst

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0089
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date: 10 December 2019

Ever since Kahlbaum's monograph 1863 the course and outcome of mental disorders have played important roles as criteria and validators of psychiatric classification. The prognosis is fundamental for doctor and patient when deciding whether to start long-term prophylactic medication and, at a later stage, whether to stop a successful long-term treatment. Course is a crucial factor in estimating the social consequences, costs, suicide risk, and mortality associated with mood disorders. The description of course includes the age of onset, episode length, recurrence of episodes, residual symptoms between episodes and outcome (remission, chronicity, death). These aspects are covered in this chapter.

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