At therapy’s end

As depression eases, patients often want to stop treatment. But are they better? Will they relapse?

By Josh Fischman, Special to The Times
October 8, 2007
PEOPLE come into Andrew Leuchter’s office, saying they’re better, saying they want to stop. “Oh, gosh, it happens all the time,” says Leuchter, a psychiatrist at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. “They say they feel OK, that they don’t need drugs or any other help, and that they’ve recovered. On one hand that’s very encouraging, but on the other hand we have to be very careful, because the cost of being wrong — if they are not ready — can be very high.”
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