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
140
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
82
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
76
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
63
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
48
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
47
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
anxious mood (31) 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
dry mouth anxious mood 64 more
Total evaluations
104
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 43 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 30 more
Total evaluations
63
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) (24 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 28 more
Total evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (11 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 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) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dry mouth 15 more
Total evaluations
32
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 (31) 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 914
30s 2569
40s 3107
50s 3198
60s 1820
70+ 519
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1344
20-29 years 451
30-39 years 263
40-49 years 157
50-59 years 70
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4151
Female 8123

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3526
Not Diagnosed 2216

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