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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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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Could dysthymia be something similar to depression?

Could dysthymia be something similar to depression?

Low grade but longer: Dysthymia is a mood disorder consisting of chronic depression, with less severe but longer lasting (2 years or more) symptoms than major depressive disorder. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have dysthymia along with depression?

Is it possible to have dysthymia along with depression?

Not uncommon: Agree w dr. Liebowitz. 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. Major depressive episodes which are more severe can overlie the dysthymia. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of dysthymia and how is it any different from regular depression?

What are the main symptoms of dysthymia and how is it any different from regular depression?

Dysthymic Disorder: In dysthymic disorder, the person has distressingly depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not, as shown either by subjective account or others' observations, for at least 2 years. Along with this are 2 or more of: poor eating or overeating; insomnia or hypersomnia; fatigue; low self-esteem; poor concentration; feelings of hopelessness. No episodes of major depression or mania. ...Read more

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How exactly is dysthymia different from major depression?

How exactly is dysthymia different from major depression?

Dysthymia: Dysthymia and major depression are related, but dysthymia lasts 2 years or more. Also the new dsm 5 calls dysthymia "persistent depressive disorder.". ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have bad mood, dysthymia or depression?

How can I tell if I have bad mood, dysthymia or depression?

Severity + Duration: Bad enough for long enough is how these diagnoses have been defined. When faced with a decision whether to seek medical attention, general tendency is for people to wait much beyond bad enough symptoms for far too long. Bad enough is defined as 2 symptoms for dysthymia, long enough is defined as 2 weeks for major depression. ...Read more

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Could I have major depression and dysthymia at the same time?

Could I have major depression and dysthymia at the same time?

Possibly: It is possible to have dysthymia -- a chronic, low-grade type of depression lasting 2 years or more -- with intermittent exacerbation of major depression. Some sources refer to this as "double depression." treatment involves psychotherapy and preventative antidepressants. ...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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I'm absolutely positive I have depression/ dysthymia. My parents don't believe in depression, what do I do?

I'm absolutely positive I have depression/ dysthymia. My parents don't believe in depression, what do I do?

Talk to them: Tell them how you have been feeling and that you think you need some help. Let them know that you need their support and do not blame them for the depression. I am assuming that you are a minor and not in your 30's you can also speak to a school guidance counselor or psychologist. They will help you speak to your parents. ...Read more

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Is there a particular type of antidepressant that tends to be more effective for dysthymia rather than more severe types of depression?

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

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How can one stop ongoing bipolar dysthymia/mild depression?

How can one stop ongoing bipolar dysthymia/mild depression?

Help, yoga, exercise: It's important to pursue a course of therapy and medication prescribed by a psychiatrist. It's also important to take steps to involve oneself in activities that help build the resilience of the brain like regular exercise, yoga, and meditation. ...Read more

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How can you stop ongoing bipolar dysthymia/mild depression?

How can you stop ongoing bipolar dysthymia/mild depression?

Evaluation: You first need an evaluation by a mental health professional to properly diagnose your condition. Bipolar and dysthymia are two different disorders. Once you are accurately diagnosed, then a treatment can be recommended such as medication, therapy, exercise etc.. ...Read more

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Can major depression, dysthymia, double depression cause a bloated stomach?

Can major depression, dysthymia, double depression cause a bloated stomach?

Unclear.: I agree with dr. Fowler that a thorough exam must be completed by your primary care doctor. ...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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How to know if I have dysthymia (depression)? Symptoms include tiredness, lack of motivation & crying for no reason.?

How to know if I have dysthymia (depression)? Symptoms include tiredness, lack of motivation & crying for no reason.?

See a professional: Seek the help of your pcp or a psychiatrist. There could be several reasons for your symptoms, including depression, but a work-up by a physician will help answer your question. ...Read more

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Can mild chronic depression be successfully treated?

Sure: Definitely yes but the best treatment will vary from person to person. Some will need medications, some will need psychotherapy and some will need a combination of both. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mild chronic depression?

What is the definition or description of: Mild chronic depression?

Persistently Down: A down mood lasting months or even years most of the time with lack of enthusiasm, much enjoyment of previous activities, pessimistic outlook, less interest in socializing but still able to go through the necessary activities of everyday life albeit with much less energy and drive and not suicidal. Definitely calls for and usually responds to help with psychotherapy and likely medication. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

What's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

Dysthymia is mild: To meet the criteria for major depression, one has to have five depressive symptoms for two weeks, dysthymia, is a chronic mild depressive symptoms. Dysthymia can progress to become mdd/o. ...Read more

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