Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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What is Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

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 Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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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 Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
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(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
68
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
Anxious mood (56) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Insomnia (41) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40

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

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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (75 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 55 more
How many evaluations
93
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Nausea 42 more
How many evaluations
80
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Weight gain 23 more
How many evaluations
48
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (23 evaluations)
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Nausea Constipation 41 more
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62
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 20 more
How many evaluations
45
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 4 more
How many evaluations
31
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (51 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 11 more
How many evaluations
53
Tried for
Anxious mood (56) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Sex drive (libido) decreased 20 more
How many evaluations
43
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Dizziness 14 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Insomnia (41) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 29 more
How many evaluations
30

Data from patients with Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
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  • Slight
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Who has Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 50
20s 1,086
30s 2,434
40s 2,678
50s 2,389
60s 1,247
70+ 255

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,266
20-29 years 418
30-39 years 236
40-49 years 139
50-59 years 57
60-69 years 7
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,347
Not Diagnosed 2,192

These charts show data from Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) patients who have completed their condition history
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