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)

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.
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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
151
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
73
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
56
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Tried for
anxious mood (35) nausea (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)

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (87 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood constipation 66 more
Total evaluations
106
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (43 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 39 more
Total evaluations
66
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 34 more
Total evaluations
76
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 30 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (26 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood flashbacks 3 more
Total evaluations
37
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (25 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 39 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 16 more
Total evaluations
38
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dry mouth 20 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (17 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
anxious mood (35) 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.
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Who has persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 44
20s 1,039
30s 2,643
40s 3,126
50s 2,975
60s 1,673
70+ 392
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,318
20-29 years 439
30-39 years 258
40-49 years 151
50-59 years 69
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

66% Female
34% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,441
Not Diagnosed 2,209

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