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What Is Dysthermia
Dysthymia? Maybe?: Dysthymia is a chronic, milder mood disturbance in which a person reports a low mood almost daily over a span of at least two years. The symptoms are not as severe as those for major depression, although people with dysthymia are vulnerable to secondary episodes of major depression (sometimes referred to as double depression). ...Read more
Dysthymia: Chronic depression with less severe but longer lasting symptoms than major depression. It persists for at least 2 years. It shows anhedonia, low drive & interests, low self-esteem, withdrawal & avoidance. ...Read more
Heartbreak: It is certainly possible to be sad for a long time after heartbreak. If depressed mood, low energy, low self-esteem, poor appetite or overeating, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance, and feelings of hopelessness last 2 years or more, the person meets criteria for persistent depressive disorder (what dysthymia has been changed to in the new dsm-5 diagnostic manual. Therapy can still help. ...Read more
See below...: Dysthymia is a chronic type of depression in which a person's moods are regularly low, dark, or sad on most days for at least 2 years. However, symptoms are not as severe as with major depression. People with dysthymia will often take a negative or discouraging view of themselves, their future, other people, and life events. Problems often seem more difficult to solve. ...Read more
I doubt that: Doubt that a diagnosis of dysthymia would qualify you to receive disability. The reason is that while dysthymia can really impact your quality of life, it should not prevent you from basic functioning. Disability is based on impairment not degree of sadness or dissatisfaction with oneself or their life. ...Read more
Low grade depression: Dysthymia can be thought of as a low-grade, chronic depression. A diagnosis is made when a person has two of the following symptoms for 2 years or more: increased or decreased appetite, insomnia or oversleeping, low energy, low view of self, poor concentration, or feelings of hopelessness. It is best treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. ...Read more
See below: Treatment for dysthymia includes antidepressant drug therapy, along with some type of talk therapy. ...Read more
Dysthymia: Dysthymia (dysthymic disorder) is chronic, mild depressed or irritable mood which occurs most days for at least 2 years in adults or at least a year in a child. Associated sxs can include: low energy, hopelessness, low self esteem, ; problems with sleep, appetite, concentration ; decision making. ...Read more
Hi, I suffer from dysthymia and I wonder. Is there a great way to cope with it? Like an exercise or mindset?
Exercise does help!: Exercise does help -- some studies have shown that aerobic exercise is as effective as antidepressants. For many depressed/dysthymic people, it's difficult to get out of bed and into gym clothes to work out. If you can find an accountability or workout buddy, it may help a lot -- you can inspire and encourage each other. Ignore the preceding ad, but see what I mean: http://tinyurl. Com/n7mrpam. ...Read more
Try again OR meds: Often pragmatic reasons (cost, time) steer people away from psychotherapy. Many others had a bad therapy experience (my advice to them would be to try again with another therapist...More so than other doc-patient relationships, a "good fit" is crucial here). Others, however, are just not good therapy candidates, any many do get better with antidepressants alone. Talk to your doc to explore options. ...Read more
Psychotherapy: Treatment for dysthymia is similar to treatment for depression. It should include psychotherapy and may also be appropriate to treat with antidepressants. Start with your primary care physician and a good therapist. Cognitive behavioral therapies and interpersonal therapies can be effective. Exercise, good sleep, good nutrition, and overall self-care help improve mood naturally as well. ...Read more
Just be candid: Tell your parents about your mood, energy level, concentration, memory, self esteem, motivation levels, sex drive, sleep & appetite. Crying spells, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness are pertinent as well as your capacity to feel joy. Let them know immediately if you have suicidal thoughts. ...Read more
By definition...: ...Psychomotor retardation is the slowing down of thoughts and physical actions. If dysthymia were to become so severe as to be associated with significant psychomotor retardation, I would think rather of a major depression. But it's true that one might have pmr and not exceed the dysthymia criteria--going by the book alone. ...Read more
My partner has been struggling with dysthymia for a year. He takes Trazodone but it doesn’t seem to work. What else he can try?
Quite a number of other safe, effective meds besides trazodone for mood problems. He may wish to advise his provider of the issues that he is having with his treatment to see if he/she will consider an alternative.
Partner may also benefit from therapy in addition to a different medication.
Good luck! ...Read more
Length and Intensity: Major depression is episodic - it occurs, but gets better. Dysthymia is milder in intensity to a major depressive episode, but lasts much longer (2 years). Both have similar symptoms, but the treatments are a little different since dysthymia responds well to therapy. One can have a major depressive episode in addition to dysthymia. ...Read more
Not uncommon: Agree w dr. Liebowitz. Dysthymia (dysthymic disorder) is chronic, mild depressed or irritable mood which occurs most days for at least 2 years in adults or at least a year in a child. Associated sxs can include: low energy, hopelessness, low self esteem, ; problems with sleep, appetite, concentration ; decision making. Major depressive episodes which are more severe can overlie the dysthymia. ...Read more
Definitions: Dysthymia is a type of mood disorder -- chronic depression lasting for at least 2 years. There are disturbances in appetite, sleep, and energy; low self-esteem, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, etc. Mood disorders include both depression and mania -- euphoric or irritable mood (bipolar d/o). Adjustment d/o w/anxiety = clinically significant anxiety in response to clear stressor (s). ...Read more
Intensity and durati: Dysthymic folk have at least two years of depressed mood most of the day, more days than not and require fewer additional symptoms for diagnosis. Depression is two weeks or more of at least five major symptoms (dysthymia two) with depressed mood or loss of pleasure as one, and cause a significant change in functioning from baseline. ...Read more
Dysthymic Disorder: In dysthymic disorder, the person has distressingly depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not, as shown either by subjective account or others' observations, for at least 2 years. Along with this are 2 or more of: poor eating or overeating; insomnia or hypersomnia; fatigue; low self-esteem; poor concentration; feelings of hopelessness. No episodes of major depression or mania. ...Read more
Have you had positive results with emsam patch for dysthymia? What other meds would you suggest besides ssris which makes me lethargic? Need desire!
Emsam: Works well for some.Get a more detailed answer ›