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
147
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
99
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
80
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
71
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Tried for
anxious mood (53) muscle tension (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
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) (85 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood headaches 67 more
Total evaluations
106
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 38 more
Total evaluations
64
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 37 more
Total evaluations
78
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 30 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (25 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 39 more
Total evaluations
58
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (27 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dissociation 5 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 14 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
anxious mood (53) muscle tension (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (14 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain decreased sex drive (libido) 22 more
Total evaluations
34
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 (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 8 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 46
20s 1,064
30s 2,621
40s 3,073
50s 2,872
60s 1,583
70+ 366
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1,310
20-29 years 442
30-39 years 259
40-49 years 149
50-59 years 68
60-69 years 8
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

66% Female
34% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3,430
Not Diagnosed 2,208

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