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
93
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
Anxious mood (53) Insomnia (8)
1 more
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
58
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Depressed mood (1)

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) (55 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 37 more
How many evaluations
65
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Fatigue 30 more
How many evaluations
37
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(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sex drive (libido) decreased 30 more
How many evaluations
36
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 12 more
How many evaluations
51
Tried for
Anxious mood (53) Insomnia (8)
1 more
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 37 more
How many evaluations
35
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Depression with suicidal thoughts Paranoia
How many evaluations
14
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 16 more
How many evaluations
25
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Anticipatory anxiety Deadened emotions 20 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 30 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness (vertigo) Drugged feeling 7 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Depressed mood (1)

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 63
20s 1,122
30s 2,106
40s 2,176
50s 1,763
60s 889
70+ 146

Sex

Distribution of sex

67% Female
33% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,176
20-29 years 383
30-39 years 205
40-49 years 128
50-59 years 46
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,194
Not Diagnosed 2,168

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