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Choosing the Best Dysthymic Disorder Treatment Center

Dysthymic disorder is a form of depression that is chronic but mild, lasting for at least two years but usually for much longer.

If you’re feeling unable to engage in your normal activities, feel down on yourself or hopeless, or are often described by others as negative and unable to have a good time, then you may be living with dysthymia.

You don’t have to continue to live with dysthymic disorder – there are a number of treatment options available to help you change your life. Contact us today and let us empower you with the help you need to heal.

Diagnostic Evaluation

  • Physical examination
  • Lab tests (e.g., blood tests)
  • Psychotherapeutic evaluation

Quick Facts

  • Dysthymia occurs in up to five percent of the population.
  • The disorder affects more women than men.
  • Dysthymic disorder tends to run in families.
  • The exact cause of dysthymia is unknown.

Potential Causes

No one knows for sure what causes dysthymia, but it may be due to a combination of factors. One thing is for certain: it’s not your fault. Some possible causes include:

  • Genetics. If any of your immediate family members suffer from depression of any kind, you may be more likely to develop dysthymic disorder.
  • Biochemistry. Not everyone has the same amounts of different chemicals in their brains – chemicals that regulate emotions. The balance of chemicals in your brain may be causing you to experience dysthymia.
  • Circumstances. Different issues that come up in your life can cause stress, which in turn can contribute to the development of dysthymic disorder (e.g., financial issues, fighting with a spouse, problems with kids or extended family, etc.).
  • Co-occurring disorders. It’s not uncommon for those living with dysthymia to also have another medical disorder or mental health issue. Major depression, too, will affect about 50 percent of those who struggle with dysthymic disorder.

Dysthymic Disorder Symptoms

Sadness or feeling low most days for at least two years is the primary signifier that dysthymia may be an issue, but two of the following symptoms must also be in evidence for a diagnosis:

  • Hopelessness
  • Disinterest in hobbies and day-to-day activities
  • Sleep disruptions (e.g., sleeping too much or not enough)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Eating issues (e.g., eating too much or not enough)
  • Inability to focus
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Spontaneous anger
  • Anger disproportionate to the situation
  • Inability to be productive
  • Guilty feelings

Dysthymic Disorder May Be Mistaken For….

  • A personality disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Drug and alcohol addiction
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

Dysthymic Disorder Treatment

Unlike depression, antidepressants and other medications are not usually indicated in the treatment of dysthymic disorder – and when they are, it can take longer for them to do their work and help you feel better.

The primary component of comprehensive dysthymia treatment is psychotherapeutic treatment.

There are a number of different types of therapies that can be effective – the ones that will be effective for you will depend on your experience with the disorder, any triggering traumas that need addressing, and any co-occurring disorders – but cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective. The focus of CBT is on your perspective and framing of the world around you. In many cases, learning how to look at things differently is the best way to improve your experience in life.

Without treatment, dysthymic disorder can turn into major depression. Don’t let that happen. Contact us today for more information about your options in treatment for dysthymia.