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
83
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
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Psychotherapy
How many have tried
52
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (8)
1 more
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Insomnia (22) Depressed mood (2)

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) (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Anorexia (appetite loss) 30 more
How many evaluations
52
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Drowsiness 34 more
How many evaluations
42
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 35 more
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29
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Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (9 evaluations)
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Depression with suicidal thoughts Paranoia
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13
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dry mouth 17 more
How many evaluations
20
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Anticipatory anxiety 19 more
How many evaluations
36
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(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sex drive (libido) decreased 26 more
How many evaluations
28
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Daytime sleepiness Drowsiness 14 more
How many evaluations
45
Tried for
Anxious mood (37) Insomnia (8)
1 more
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(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 26 more
How many evaluations
29
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Drugged feeling Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Insomnia (22) Depressed mood (2)

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 47
20s 1,047
30s 1,891
40s 1,926
50s 1,510
60s 767
70+ 129

Sex

Distribution of sex

67% Female
33% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,098
20-29 years 362
30-39 years 187
40-49 years 118
50-59 years 42
60-69 years 5
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,066
Not Diagnosed 2,150

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