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
123
Treatment name(s)

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

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
55
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
51
Treatment name(s)

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

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

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
36
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Tried for
anxious mood (30) 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) (77 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 58 more
Total evaluations
98
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 30 more
Total evaluations
56
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 35 more
Total evaluations
48
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (22 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anorgasmia 23 more
Total evaluations
45
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (23 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
31
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (22 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
32
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (9 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea 26 more
Total evaluations
34
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness apathy 9 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth nausea 15 more
Total evaluations
31
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness decreased appetite 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (30) 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 32
20s 831
30s 2517
40s 3119
50s 3227
60s 1898
70+ 576
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1343
20-29 years 450
30-39 years 265
40-49 years 156
50-59 years 70
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4157
Female 8156

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3529
Not Diagnosed 2207

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