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Best Treatment For Dysthymia
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 ...Read more
Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Long-running dysthymia, w/occasional episodes of major depression. Also OCD and ADD. I bought a 10k light therapy box. Can I overuse it?
No, but...: You can't overuse the light therapy except for two things. First, make sure sitting in it doesn't interfere with doing work and social outings. With dysthymia, it is important to keep social support circles going, even though you really do not feel like it very often. Second, don't use it in the 2 hours before bedtime - it will interfere with natural increases in melatonin levels to help you sleep ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
There are: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't know if you: Are an adult or a minor. If you are a minor, suggest you tell your mother about some of your symptoms ; ask for help arranging for a psychological or psychiatric evaluation. If you are an adult - share with your mother when you are ready. However, would encourage you to start self- care by having this evaluated and then follow through with treatment. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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