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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dysthymic Disorder (Overview)

Dysthymia is now known as persistent depressive disorder, and it's just that, a mild, low grade depression underlying your everyday life over the course of two years or more.


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I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of dysthymic disorder. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

I work really hard to stay in shape and eat right. Now I have a diagnosis of dysthymic disorder. What else can I do so that it doesn't affect my overall health?

Improve dysthymia: You might look at seligman's book learned optimism, to identify ways of changing your thinking that would improve your baseline moods. A psychotherapist can also help you with that. Psychologists, social workers, masters' level nurses, licensed professional counselors and pastoral counselors do this as well as psychiatrists. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
35 doctors shared insights

Dysthymic Disorder (Overview)

Dysthymia is now known as persistent depressive disorder, and it's just that, a mild, low grade depression underlying your everyday life over the course of two years or more.


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What are the symptoms of dysthymic disorder?

What are the symptoms of dysthymic disorder?

Like depression: Dysthymic disorder used to be called "minor depression" until researchers/clinicians realized that it can be as dibilitating as the "major" kind. The symptoms are the same: depressed or irritable mood, changes in appetite and sleep, low energy, poor self-esteem, trouble concentrating, & feelings of hopelessness. Severity overall is less, but duration is longer (2 years or more). ...Read more

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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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My husband was recently diagnosed with dysthymic disorder. What should I expect from here?

My husband was recently diagnosed with dysthymic disorder. What should I expect from here?

Expectations: He has a form of deprssion. He will need to be in individual counseling and he may need to be on antidepressants. He may need to be hospitalized if his condtion gets worse. Hopefully, he will begin treatment and he may not need that. Make sure he keeps his appointments. He may benefit from group therapy. A supportive family will be a big asset. Be understanding. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dysthymic disorder?

What are the tests for dysthymic disorder?

Clinical Diagnosis: There are no laboratory tests for dysthymic disorder. The diagnosis is made on the basis of specific symptoms related to diminished functioning and poor mood over a long time (2 years or more). Symptoms are similar to those for major depression but fewer and possibly less severe. ...Read more

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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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I want to know what is the difference between dysthymic disorder and major depressive disorder?

I want to know what is the difference between dysthymic disorder and major depressive disorder?

Length and severity: Dysthymic disorder is the term for a multi-year type of depression that is not quite as severe as a major depression (which can be a short as two weeks in length) but which lasts much longer. ...Read more

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My sister has dysthymic disorder. What does this mean?

Dysthymic Disorder: Dysthymic disorder is a milder condition than major depression.The disability is less. It is not bounded by a distinct cause or time of onset rather being chronic in nature, more like a personality trait. It is characterized by low moods, pessimisstic or negative trend of thinking, lack of enthusiasm, always seeing the glass half empty. Anti depressant drugs may or may not help in this disorder. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for dysthymic disorder?

What is the treatment for dysthymic disorder?

Talk or meds: Dd is increasingly recognized as a disorder with considerable potential to impair function. Various forms of talk therapies and antidepressant medications both may be useful, but it can be hard to treat because it tends to be chronic. It also puts people at increased risk for major depression--so called double depression. ...Read more