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What's the definition of dysthymia?

What's the definition of dysthymia?

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

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How does dysthymia differ from depression?

How does dysthymia differ from depression?

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

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What can I do when I have symptoms of the dysthymia?

What can I do when I have symptoms of the dysthymia?

See below: Treatment for dysthymia includes antidepressant drug therapy, along with some type of talk therapy. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the signs of dysthymia?

Need expert help here. What are the signs of dysthymia?

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

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What is dysthymia?

What is dysthymia?

Sadness: People with dysthymia are unhappy all the time without having a major depressive disorder. It is kind of a pervasive sadness. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with dysthymia. I've tried a lot of antidepressants with no good results. My psychiatrist said that i'm a poor metabolizer, so i must take the antidepressant every other day.Is it ok?

I was diagnosed with dysthymia. I've tried a lot  of antidepressants with no good results. My psychiatrist said that i'm a poor metabolizer, so i must take the antidepressant every other day.Is it ok?

Metabolism affects: Response to antidepressants. Lowering dose or taking med every other day may improve tolerability. Give med time to work (3-8 wks at best tolerated dose). Work with prescriber. In many, meds may produce partial response at best. Therapy and healthy habits (sleep/exercise/nutrition) are very helpful and powerful in depression. A person's self-attitude has major impact. Best regards for relief soon. ...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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Could heartbreak cause dysthymia?

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

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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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