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 for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

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

(Wellbutrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1469
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
844
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2959
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2388
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
960
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3128
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3640
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1295

Data from patients with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth heart palpitations 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (4 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (4 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia), who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 2003 say persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 10
20s 419
30s 2052
40s 3082
50s 3370
60s 2518
70+ 1082
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1351
20-29 years 453
30-39 years 278
40-49 years 160
50-59 years 73
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4232
Female 8412

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3571
Not Diagnosed 2195

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