Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)

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What is Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)?

Dysthymia is a chronic type of depression but with less severity than major depressive disorder. It is characterized by a depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not. Some symptoms include, feelings of hopelessness, low self esteem, poor appetite or overeating, and poor concentration.

Common symptoms reported by people with Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)

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

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(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
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Psychotherapy
How many have tried
58
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (12)
1 more
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
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(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
Anxious mood (27) Insomnia (4)
1 more

Data from patients with Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)

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(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Anorexia (appetite loss) 44 more
How many evaluations
85
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Insomnia 26 more
How many evaluations
51
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Loss of sex drive (libido) 35 more
How many evaluations
41
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Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Depression with suicidal thoughts Mood worsening 1 more
How many evaluations
23
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Drowsiness 28 more
How many evaluations
38
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Anxiety attacks 22 more
How many evaluations
50
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Memory problems Daytime sleepiness 13 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (12)
1 more
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(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Stomach upset 24 more
How many evaluations
28
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Difficulty with orgasm 26 more
How many evaluations
43
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad taste in mouth Fatigue 5 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Anxious mood (27) Insomnia (4)
1 more

Data from patients with Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 33
20s 793
30s 1,233
40s 1,239
50s 1,066
60s 546
70+ 83

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

70% Females
30% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 988
20-29 years 309
30-39 years 166
40-49 years 98
50-59 years 36
60-69 years 4
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,857
Not Diagnosed 2,120

These charts show data from Dysthymia patients who have completed their condition history
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