Atypical depressive disorder

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What is atypical depressive disorder?

Atypical depression is a subtype of dysthymia and major depression, sharing many of the symptoms of both. It is the most common subtype of depression and is generally a chronic syndrome that tends to begin earlier in life than other forms of depression.

Common symptoms reported by people with atypical depressive disorder

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 atypical depressive disorder

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

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with atypical depressive disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with atypical depressive disorder

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

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) blurry vision 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for atypical depressive disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
problems concentrating short term memory problems
Total evaluations
1
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry eyes 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision vision problems
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
eye muscle twitching (fasciculations) muscle twitching (fasciculations)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
depressed mood emotional flatness (flat affect) 2 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
insomnia
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Luvox)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with atypical depressive disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has atypical depressive disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 80 say atypical depressive disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 16
30s 31
40s 29
50s 43
60s 38
70+ 9
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 37
20-29 years 11
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 12
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 0
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 40
Female 130

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 72
Not Diagnosed 21

These charts show data from atypical depressive disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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