Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dysthymia Overview

What is dysthymia?
A person with dysthymia or dysthymic disorder has a type of depression where their moods are regularly low. Dysthymia is a mild but chronic form of depression.

What are the symptoms of dysthymia?
The symptoms of dysthymia include a dark, sadness almost every day for at least 2 years. People with dysthymia may also experience symptoms of hopelessness, insomnia, fatigue, poor appetite, low self-esteem and poor concentration.

How does the doctor treat dysthymia?
The treatment of dysthymia includes antidepressant medications, counseling, and psychotherapy. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), selective serotonin and norepinephrine uptake inhibitors (SSNRI) and tricyclic antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications to treat dysthymia.

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Last Updated: Jan 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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