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
90
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
57
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
Tried for
Anxious mood (51) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Depressed mood (1)
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30

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) (53 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 33 more
How many evaluations
64
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(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Stomach upset 27 more
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38
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Sex drive (libido) decreased 28 more
How many evaluations
29
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Emotional distress 1 more
How many evaluations
16
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 37 more
How many evaluations
45
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 10 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (51) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 16 more
How many evaluations
29
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Anticipatory anxiety Deadened emotions 19 more
How many evaluations
30
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(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness (vertigo) Drugged feeling 8 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 32 more
How many evaluations
33

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 43
20s 1,078
30s 2,146
40s 2,246
50s 1,877
60s 955
70+ 173

Sex

Distribution of sex

67% Female
33% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,181
20-29 years 387
30-39 years 209
40-49 years 130
50-59 years 49
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,212
Not Diagnosed 2,171

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