Atypical depressive disorder

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What is atypical depressive disorder?

Atypical depression is a subtype of dysthymia and major depression, sharing many of the symptoms of both. It is the most common subtype of depression and is generally a chronic syndrome that tends to begin earlier in life than other forms of depression.

Common symptoms reported by people with atypical depressive disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with atypical depressive disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)

Data from patients with atypical depressive disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with atypical depressive disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for atypical depressive disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
better sleep loopy feeling
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Perceived effectiveness
for atypical depressive disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood guilt or self blame 3 more
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry eyes 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
deadened emotions decreased sex drive (libido) 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
rash or skin problems sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with atypical depressive disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has atypical depressive disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 17
30s 21
40s 27
50s 36
60s 24
70+ 3
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 33
20-29 years 8
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 11
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

81% Female
19% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 62
Not Diagnosed 20

These charts show data from atypical depressive disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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