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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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
80
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(Effexor XR)
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
63
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(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
60
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(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
Anxious mood (49) Insomnia (4)
2 more
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(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
40
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(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
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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) (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 37 more
How many evaluations
70
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sex drive (libido) decreased 32 more
How many evaluations
55
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(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Acne 30 more
How many evaluations
35
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 37 more
How many evaluations
52
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(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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(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dry mouth 13 more
How many evaluations
34
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(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 10 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (49) Insomnia (4)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Sex drive (libido) decreased 16 more
How many evaluations
31
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Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Male sexual dysfunction 27 more
How many evaluations
28
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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 1,069
30s 2,261
40s 2,382
50s 2,013
60s 1,036
70+ 193

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,203
20-29 years 393
30-39 years 214
40-49 years 129
50-59 years 51
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,245
Not Diagnosed 2,175

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