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
137
Treatment name(s)

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
61
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
44
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
39
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) (84 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 65 more
Total evaluations
101
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 42 more
Total evaluations
54
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 30 more
Total evaluations
61
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (26 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth weight gain 24 more
Total evaluations
51
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)

(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)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (10 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dry mouth 25 more
Total evaluations
36
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 13 more
Total evaluations
33
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (19 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth fatigue 15 more
Total evaluations
32
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 (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 34
20s 861
30s 2549
40s 3123
50s 3225
60s 1872
70+ 551
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1351
20-29 years 451
30-39 years 265
40-49 years 158
50-59 years 70
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4163
Female 8163

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3541
Not Diagnosed 2216

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