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

Treatments taken by people with Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
113
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
95
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
61
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
Anxious mood (54) Insomnia (2)
1 more
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Depressed mood (1)
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35

Data from patients with Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
Last updated:
You’ve tried this treatment.

Compare treatments taken by people with Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (72 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Headaches 48 more
How many evaluations
90
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sex drive (libido) decreased 38 more
How many evaluations
74
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (27 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Fatigue 32 more
How many evaluations
49
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 38 more
How many evaluations
57
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dry mouth 16 more
How many evaluations
40
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Depressed mood Dissociation 3 more
How many evaluations
26
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 8 more
How many evaluations
50
Tried for
Anxious mood (54) Insomnia (2)
1 more
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Sex drive (libido) decreased 20 more
How many evaluations
40
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Dissociation Dizziness 13 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Insomnia (36) Depressed mood (1)
Check to add this treatment to your profile
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Nausea 28 more
How many evaluations
28

Data from patients with Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
Last updated:
You’ve tried this treatment.

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

Who has Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 48
20s 1,064
30s 2,373
40s 2,558
50s 2,248
60s 1,167
70+ 228

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,237
20-29 years 407
30-39 years 228
40-49 years 132
50-59 years 53
60-69 years 6
70+ years 2

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,295
Not Diagnosed 2,183

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