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
99
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
54
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
45
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
40
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
38
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
anxious mood (26) nausea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
anxious mood (14) depressed mood (11)
3 more

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) (62 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 54 more
Total evaluations
82
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (29 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 25 more
Total evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood weight gain 31 more
Total evaluations
35
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dry mouth 5 more
Total evaluations
27
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anorgasmia 15 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (8 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 21 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 20 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Tried for
anxious mood (26) nausea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (13 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anticipatory anxiety 8 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
disorientation dizziness with hypotension upon standing 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (14) depressed mood (11)
3 more
  • 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?

  • 4 new patients joined this month
  • 1885 say persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 25
20s 672
30s 2436
40s 3127
50s 3304
60s 2078
70+ 712
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1342
20-29 years 457
30-39 years 273
40-49 years 159
50-59 years 71
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4192
Female 8274

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3554
Not Diagnosed 2207

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