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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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
58
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Tried for
Anxious mood (52) Insomnia (6)
1 more
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
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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
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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Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 33 more
How many evaluations
63
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(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Stomach upset 26 more
How many evaluations
36
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Headaches 32 more
How many evaluations
33
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 37 more
How many evaluations
39
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Depression with suicidal thoughts Dissociation 3 more
How many evaluations
16
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 12 more
How many evaluations
52
Tried for
Anxious mood (52) Insomnia (6)
1 more
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sleepiness 17 more
How many evaluations
29
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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
31
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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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(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Fatigue 31 more
How many evaluations
32

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
  • None
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Who has Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 40
20s 1,077
30s 2,124
40s 2,218
50s 1,842
60s 938
70+ 167

Sex

Distribution of sex

67% Female
33% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,179
20-29 years 385
30-39 years 208
40-49 years 129
50-59 years 47
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,202
Not Diagnosed 2,170

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