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
119
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
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
49
Treatment name(s)

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

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
41
Treatment name(s)

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

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
31
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
anxious mood (28) 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) (71 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 57 more
Total evaluations
93
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (41 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 30 more
Total evaluations
55
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 34 more
Total evaluations
46
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (21 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anorgasmia 19 more
Total evaluations
43
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (20 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood dry mouth 4 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (21 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
31
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)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) (15 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea anticipatory anxiety 13 more
Total evaluations
27
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)
  • 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 30
20s 751
30s 2490
40s 3134
50s 3277
60s 1982
70+ 646
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 1343
20-29 years 455
30-39 years 272
40-49 years 157
50-59 years 71
60-69 years 9
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 4188
Female 8236

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 3550
Not Diagnosed 2207

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