Today I talk about dysthymia or what is now called persistent depressive disorder. What differentiates this from MDD is that this is a low grade depression that persists for 2 years or more! That is why it is so important that we begin talking about it, so that people don’t have to suffer in silence for so long! This can present itself as lack of motivation, irritability, anhedonia, insomnia, hypersomnia etc.
The most important distinction I want to make today is that when this occurs in children, it may look more like ADD or ADHD. Children with dysthymia can be irritable, struggle in school, struggle to focus, get easily frustrated, etc. It is often misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD and therefore can cause people to suffer with this depression for long periods of time.
If you feel that you or someone you love is suffering with this, please seek professional help! You are not alone! Many people struggle with this and the sooner we get help, the better the outcome! So please speak up and make sure you get the help you deserve.
The DSM-5, the 5th edition of the DSM, was released in May 2013 and includes a number of changes. In this edition, dysthymia is replaced by persistent depressive disorder. This new condition includes both chronic major depressive disorder and the previous dysthymic disorder. The reason for this change is that there was no evidence for meaningful differences between these two conditions
Empirically-based treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, have been researched to show that through the proper course of treatment, symptoms can dissipate over time.
A combination of antidepressant medication and psychotherapy has consistently been shown to be the most effective line of treatment for people diagnosed with dysthymia.
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