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
94
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
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Psychotherapy
How many have tried
58
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (12)
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
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(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
Anxious mood (20) 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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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 42 more
How many evaluations
82
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Insomnia Nausea 30 more
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48
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Depression with suicidal thoughts Distrust of the psychiatric and medical community 3 more
How many evaluations
21
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Drowsiness 30 more
How many evaluations
39
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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
37
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(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Anxiety attacks 22 more
How many evaluations
37
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Memory problems Daytime sleepiness 15 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (35) Insomnia (12)
1 more
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(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Stomach upset 20 more
How many evaluations
22
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(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sex drive (libido) decreased 23 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad taste in mouth Fatigue 4 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Anxious mood (20) Insomnia (4)
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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 34
20s 805
30s 1,261
40s 1,296
50s 1,115
60s 581
70+ 86

Sex

Distribution of sex

70% Female
30% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,000
20-29 years 314
30-39 years 169
40-49 years 99
50-59 years 37
60-69 years 4
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,878
Not Diagnosed 2,123

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