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)

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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
134
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
96
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
73
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44

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)

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

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (81 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 57 more
Total evaluations
99
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Nausea 35 more
Total evaluations
71
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Excessive sweating 42 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 28 more
Total evaluations
58
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 5 more
Total evaluations
36
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 40 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 14 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
Anxious mood (55) Insomnia (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Fatigue 15 more
Total evaluations
37
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 17 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
Insomnia (44) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Nausea 22 more
Total evaluations
31
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 45
20s 1,065
30s 2,576
40s 2,976
50s 2,768
60s 1,499
70+ 331
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,300
20-29 years 440
30-39 years 256
40-49 years 148
50-59 years 65
60-69 years 8
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

66% Female
34% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,417
Not Diagnosed 2,207

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