According to the DSM-5, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, depression is a symptom domain, not a mental disorder.
In addition, cured is not defined in the DSM-5. Depression is further constrained. Over time, different types of depression that are cured or curable are excluded from diagnosis as depression. For example, we can cause symptoms of depression by nutritional deficiencies, and cure with nutrition. But that’s a nutritional illness, not a mental illness. We can cause depression with toxins or poisons, and cure by removing the poison. But that’s not depression, it’s poison. We can cause depression by social isolation, by gaslighting, or by physical abuse, and cure it by addressing the cause followed by healing. But those are not illnesses of the mind, they are caused by abuse, isolation, gaslighting.
If a case of depression can be cured, it is cured by addressing the cause, and if necessary healing. But, if it can be cured by addressing the cause, then it was not a mental disease, it was caused by the cause.
This is not just the case for depression. The same issue exists with every curable mental disorder documented in the DSM.
The DSM-5, has (as near as I can determine) one single sentence containing the word cure, with the phrase:
“…to improve understanding, reduce stigma, and advance the treatment and eventual cures for these conditions.”
eg. Cured is not currently defined for any mental disorder.
So… If cured is not defined, then there is no incentive, no possibility even, to study someone after they are “cured”. There is no “after depression”. There might be periods of time in-between symptoms, but depression, as currently defined, is incurable.
to your health, tracy