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
92
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
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(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
60
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
Anxious mood (52) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
53
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
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(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
Insomnia (30) Depressed mood (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29

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 35 more
How many evaluations
65
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Nausea 28 more
How many evaluations
45
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Sex drive (libido) decreased 30 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 3 more
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19
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 38 more
How many evaluations
47
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (50 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 11 more
How many evaluations
52
Tried for
Anxious mood (52) Insomnia (4)
1 more
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Sleepiness 10 more
How many evaluations
27
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anticipatory anxiety 19 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Dizziness (vertigo) 9 more
How many evaluations
16
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 Male sexual dysfunction 31 more
How many evaluations
29

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 44
20s 1,081
30s 2,171
40s 2,282
50s 1,910
60s 976
70+ 177

Sex

Distribution of sex

66% Female
34% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,184
20-29 years 387
30-39 years 210
40-49 years 130
50-59 years 49
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,219
Not Diagnosed 2,171

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