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
127
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
70
Treatment name(s)

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Anxious mood (51) 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 (45) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
43

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) (80 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 57 more
Total evaluations
97
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Nausea 35 more
Total evaluations
70
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (35 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive sweating Fatigue 40 more
Total evaluations
57
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 28 more
Total evaluations
59
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 5 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 40 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 12 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
Anxious mood (51) Insomnia (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Fatigue 16 more
Total evaluations
38
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 17 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Insomnia (45) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Nausea 23 more
Total evaluations
32
  • 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 1,080
30s 2,537
40s 2,880
50s 2,634
60s 1,408
70+ 301
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,298
20-29 years 439
30-39 years 252
40-49 years 148
50-59 years 63
60-69 years 8
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,404
Not Diagnosed 2,206

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