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What are the best treatments for dysthymia?

Psychotherapy.: Psychotherapy to explore and resolve related issues, and strengthen coping skills. ...Read more

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Dysthymia (Definition)

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


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What are the most recommended treatments for mild depression/dysthymia?

What are the most recommended treatments for mild depression/dysthymia?

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 more

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Long-running dysthymia, w/occasional episodes of major depression. Also OCD and ADD. I bought a 10k light therapy box. Can I overuse it?

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

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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?

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 more

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How can dysthymia be diagnosed?

How can dysthymia be diagnosed?

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

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I want to know what's the definition of dysthymia?

I want to know what's the definition of dysthymia?

Dysthymia is a : Mild but chronic form of depression which can interfere with daily functioning and reduces enjoyment in life. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: dysthymia?

What is the definition or description of: dysthymia?

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

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