According to a study that will appear in the March 2011 print issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, depression recurs in almost half of adolescent patients. The greatest predictors of a return to depression included:
- Being female. According to the report even more than half of females experienced a recurrence of depression.
- Being in short-term treatment who did not respond well to treatment.
- Having a co-occurring anxiety disorder (61.9% had a recurrence)
Although most depressed teens who receive treatment do recover from their initial episode of depression (96.4 percent), the high experience of recurrence points to a need for improved therapies. Recurrence often occurred two or more years after the initial experience.