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Can Dysthymia Ever Be So Severe As To Involve Noticeable Psychomotor Retardation
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Psychomotor retardation is a very specific state that is associated with, for example, serious depression. One's thought processes and physical actions become abnormally slowed down ("retardation", an old-fashioned term). It might take 30 seconds to nanswer a question such as "what is your name?". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of a family support i can give to 27 year old son with psychomotor retardation due to depression?
Many ways: Love. Helping him get to appointments if he is too impaired to do that on his own. Supporting his use of counseling and psychotropic medication use. Letting him know that he is accepted regardless of having a mental health illness. I am glad that you asked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Slowing down: Psychomotor retardation is a phenomenon probably most commonly seen in depression and schizophrenia. It literally refers to a phenomenon where individuals with one of these disorders experience a marked slowing in thinking process and movement. It is a symptom of the disorder and improves with effect treatment. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Many disorders can cause psychomotor retardation, for example, parkinson's disease, depression, schizophrenia, etc. These are all treatable diseases and are treated differently. Finding a doctor who is able to diagnose these diseases is the first step towards finding the helpful treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How psychomotor retardation and attention impairment in disorders like MDD and ADHD are quantified with psychometric tests or by other means?
Is there a particular type of antidepressant that tends to be more effective for dysthymia rather than more severe types of depression?
Actually, I have: Found that dysthymia doesn't always respond that well when the only treatment is medication. The best way to approach it is a combination of pharmacotherapy ; other treatments. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a powerful tool. If you haven't tried that - i recommend it. It allows you to challenge the thought processes that keep you depressed. Take care. ...Read more