Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)

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What is Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)?

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.

What is it like to have Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)?

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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) and its symptoms?

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aplenzin, Budeprion SR, Budeprion XL) 12 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Treatment name(s)

(Actan, Flunil, Fluxene) 15 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor, Effexor XR, Novo-Venlafaxine XR) 9 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yelate) 1 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
59
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
56
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Citalopram, Alcytan, Celexa) 15 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Treatment name(s)

(Altruline, Apo-Sertraline, Daxid) 11 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Cipralex, Es Pramcit, Esipram) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Treatment name(s)

(APO Clonazepam, Clonex, Clonotril) 7 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adco-alzam, Alprax, Alprazol) 15 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Anxious mood (29) Insomnia (4)
1 more

Data from patients with Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

Compare treatments for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Aplenzin, Budeprion SR, Budeprion XL) 12 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Anorexia (appetite loss) 41 more
How many evaluations
87
Treatment name(s)

(Actan, Flunil, Fluxene) 15 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Insomnia 34 more
How many evaluations
54
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor, Effexor XR, Novo-Venlafaxine XR) 9 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sex drive (libido) decreased 38 more
How many evaluations
38
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta, Cymgen, Yelate) 1 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness 35 more
How many evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Depression with suicidal thoughts Mood worsening 1 more
How many evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Citalopram, Alcytan, Celexa) 15 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Anxiety attacks 23 more
How many evaluations
55
Treatment name(s)

(Altruline, Apo-Sertraline, Daxid) 11 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Nausea 30 more
How many evaluations
31
Treatment name(s)

(Cipralex, Es Pramcit, Esipram) 6 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Difficulty with orgasm 26 more
How many evaluations
44
Treatment name(s)

(APO Clonazepam, Clonex, Clonotril) 7 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Memory problems Daytime sleepiness 13 more
How many evaluations
47
Tried for
Anxious mood (36) Insomnia (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adco-alzam, Alprax, Alprazol) 15 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad taste in mouth Fatigue 5 more
How many evaluations
17
Tried for
Anxious mood (29) Insomnia (4)
1 more

Data from patients with Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

  • Major
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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Dysthymia (Chronic depressed mood) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 35
20s 781
30s 1,160
40s 1,174
50s 1,009
60s 491
70+ 79

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

72% Females
28% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 979
20-29 years 305
30-39 years 163
40-49 years 96
50-59 years 34
60-69 years 4
70+ years 3

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 2,838
Not Diagnosed 2,116

These charts show data from Dysthymia patients who have completed their condition history
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