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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Type
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
132
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(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
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(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
90
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
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(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
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(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
71
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Tried for
Anxious mood (57) Insomnia (2)
2 more
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39

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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Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (80 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 55 more
Total evaluations
98
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Nausea 40 more
Total evaluations
81
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
Excessive sweating Fatigue 35 more
Total evaluations
59
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Weight gain 29 more
Total evaluations
62
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 43 more
Total evaluations
66
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 5 more
Total evaluations
34
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 13 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
Anxious mood (57) Insomnia (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (26 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Anticipatory anxiety 20 more
Total evaluations
45
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 17 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
Insomnia (46) Anxious mood (1)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constant brain fog 22 more
Total evaluations
29
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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 50
20s 1,087
30s 2,484
40s 2,808
50s 2,526
60s 1,350
70+ 270
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,285
20-29 years 429
30-39 years 248
40-49 years 147
50-59 years 61
60-69 years 8
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,387
Not Diagnosed 2,200

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