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
97
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
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Psychotherapy
How many have tried
57
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Insomnia (13)
1 more
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
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(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Anxious mood (26) 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) (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Anorexia (appetite loss) 43 more
How many evaluations
85
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Insomnia 26 more
How many evaluations
51
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sex drive (libido) decreased 37 more
How many evaluations
40
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Nausea 34 more
How many evaluations
40
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Depression with suicidal thoughts Mood worsening 1 more
How many evaluations
21
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Anxiety attacks 23 more
How many evaluations
52
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Memory problems 13 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (38) Insomnia (13)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Stomach upset 24 more
How many evaluations
28
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Difficulty with orgasm 26 more
How many evaluations
44
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad taste in mouth Fatigue 4 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Anxious mood (26) 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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Who has Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 34
20s 783
30s 1,200
40s 1,213
50s 1,038
60s 524
70+ 80

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

71% Females
29% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 986
20-29 years 307
30-39 years 164
40-49 years 98
50-59 years 36
60-69 years 4
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,850
Not Diagnosed 2,120

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