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
117
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Treatment name(s)

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

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
46
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
anxious mood (28) nausea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28

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) (68 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 55 more
Total evaluations
90
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (40 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 29 more
Total evaluations
54
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood weight gain 35 more
Total evaluations
45
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anorgasmia 18 more
Total evaluations
40
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dry mouth 5 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 20 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 24 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness brain fog 5 more
Total evaluations
21
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (28) nausea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anticipatory anxiety 13 more
Total evaluations
25
  • 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 28
20s 726
30s 2465
40s 3124
50s 3300
60s 2025
70+ 672
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1343
20-29 years 458
30-39 years 273
40-49 years 158
50-59 years 71
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4185
Female 8270

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3553
Not Diagnosed 2208

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