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
69
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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
59
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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
38
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
Insomnia (29) Depressed mood (1)

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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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Sex drive (libido) decreased 30 more
How many evaluations
32
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 3 more
How many evaluations
21
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(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 38 more
How many evaluations
50
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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) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Anticipatory anxiety 16 more
How many evaluations
30
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Male sexual dysfunction 32 more
How many evaluations
29
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness and feeling faint Dizziness (vertigo) 8 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Insomnia (29) Depressed mood (1)

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 49
20s 1,083
30s 2,213
40s 2,294
50s 1,933
60s 974
70+ 180

Sex

Distribution of sex

66% Female
34% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,188
20-29 years 389
30-39 years 211
40-49 years 129
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,225
Not Diagnosed 2,172

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