Ask the Expert: Will Depression Get Worse?

Question: If I have a history of depression, will it get worse as I age?


Lynn Northrop, PhD, a lead clinical psychologist affiliated with Sharp responds:


Dr. Lynn Northrop

Your risk is somewhat increased. If you’ve been depressed at some other time in your life, then you are going to be at a greater risk for another episode of depression, although that risk decreases somewhat if you access effective treatment for depression.

Part of the treatment is learning to prevent a relapse.

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