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
97
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
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(Cymbalta)
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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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Anxious mood (51) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
Insomnia (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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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (64 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 39 more
How many evaluations
81
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sex drive (libido) decreased 35 more
How many evaluations
65
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Headaches 30 more
How many evaluations
42
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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dry mouth 15 more
How many evaluations
40
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 37 more
How many evaluations
53
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 3 more
How many evaluations
23
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 8 more
How many evaluations
48
Tried for
Anxious mood (51) Insomnia (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anticipatory anxiety 17 more
How many evaluations
36
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 26 more
How many evaluations
25
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (16 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Dizziness 10 more
How many evaluations
16
Tried for
Insomnia (30)

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
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Who has Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 46
20s 1,058
30s 2,314
40s 2,442
50s 2,089
60s 1,073
70+ 208

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,208
20-29 years 400
30-39 years 219
40-49 years 128
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,253
Not Diagnosed 2,173

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