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
135
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
67
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Tried for
anxious mood (33) 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) (84 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 63 more
Total evaluations
101
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 42 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (45 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 31 more
Total evaluations
65
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 29 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (25 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dissociation 6 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 33 more
Total evaluations
48
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 25 more
Total evaluations
37
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 13 more
Total evaluations
34
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
anxious mood (33) 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 37
20s 949
30s 2,596
40s 3,111
50s 3,079
60s 1,748
70+ 461
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,334
20-29 years 446
30-39 years 263
40-49 years 155
50-59 years 70
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4,105
Female 7,985

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,511
Not Diagnosed 2,208

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