Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

We’re all in this for good.

By sharing your stories and data, you will:
  • help each other live better and uncover the best ways to manage your health today
  • help researchers shorten the path to new treatments tomorrow

How much good can your data do? A whole lot, as co-founder Jamie Heywood explains in this video.

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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
Last updated:

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
121
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
50
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
anxious mood (28) nausea (1)

Data from patients with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
Last updated:

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) (71 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 56 more
Total evaluations
92
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 30 more
Total evaluations
54
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 34 more
Total evaluations
47
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anorgasmia 21 more
Total evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
32
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 24 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness brain fog 5 more
Total evaluations
25
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anticipatory anxiety 14 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (28) nausea (1)
  • 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.
Last updated:

Who has persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 30
20s 771
30s 2498
40s 3136
50s 3259
60s 1955
70+ 629
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1344
20-29 years 454
30-39 years 269
40-49 years 156
50-59 years 71
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4184
Female 8210

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3543
Not Diagnosed 2206

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