Dysthymia – (dis-THIGH-mee-uh)
From the Ancient Greek “dusthumia”, from dus, “bad” and thumos, “soul, spirit”. Dysthymia is now known as Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) and will be referred to as such throughout.
Some descriptions of PDD are:
• A chronic mood disturbance that is classified as a form of neurosis.
• A psychological disorder characterized by a chronic but mild depressive state that has been present in an individual for two years without a period of more than two symptom free months.
• A mild but long term (chronic) form of depression.
Some symptoms of PDD are:
• Sadness or depressed mood.
• Loss of enjoyment in things that were once pleasurable.
• Major change in weight or appetite.
• Insomnia or excessive sleep.
• Low energy and/or drive.
• Low self-esteem.
• Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or excessive guilt.
• Person becomes withdrawn.
• Experts are not sure what causes PDD, but genes may play a role.
• Changes in brain chemicals may play a role.
• Major life stressors may play a role.
• Physical Exam: In some cases, PDD may be linked to an underlying physical problem.
• Lab tests: Your doctor may order a complete blood count, do tests to determine your folate and Vitamin D levels or test your thyroid.
• Psychological evaluation: Includes a discussion about your thoughts, feelings and behavior.
• A combination of psychotherapy (talk-therapy) and medications such as antidepressants seem to be the most effective.
Disclaimer: This information is a mash-up of a bunch of different articles I read and is not presented in any scientific way. This blog is not intended for any kind of self-diagnosis and if you recognize yourself here, please see a doctor!
Note: I noticed that PDD (Dyshtymia) differs from Cyclothymia in that with PDD, your mood stays low, as where with Cyclothymia, your mood swings from up to down, to back up and back down again.
Love you guys.