Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)

It is defined as long term and chronic form of depression which is continuous in nature, which also affect your daily life activities. You feel lack of motivation, low self-esteem and hopeless.


Signs and symptoms include:Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) SYMPTOMS CAUSES TREATMENT

  • Hopelessness
  • Sleep trouble
  • Sadness
  • Poor appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Decrease productivity
  • Excessive anger

The exact cause of persistent depressive disorder is still not found yet but many factors play in the development of this disorder like brain chemistry. Inherited trait and environment factors.


Following tests will help in diagnosis:

  • General physical examination to rule out any other cause
  • Lab tests to check thyroid function and any other abnormality in other hormones
  • Psychological counselling to rule out the other mental illness

Treatment depend upon the type and severity of mental illness. Treatment options include:

  • Medications like antidepressants, mood stabilizing medications and anti-psychotic drugs will help to reduce the anxiety and depression.
  • Psychotherapy provide great help in reducing the signs and symptoms.
  • Electro-convulsion therapy sometimes used in the depressive disorders.
Lifestyle and home remedies

Following home remedies will help to fight with your mental illness:

  • Avoid alcohol use
  • Avoid drugs misuse
  • Stick to your treatment
  • Exercise daily
  • Eat healthy food
  • Avoid negative thoughts, and stay positive
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