Dysthymia Treatment at Promises
Forms of depression like dysthymia can severely disrupt lives. Dysthymia, also known as persistent depressive disorder, can be especially difficult when it co-occurs alongside substance abuse, eating disorders and other mental health issues. At Promises, our team of mental health and addiction specialists assess clients with thorough biopsychosocial assessments to make sure all issues are addressed in treatment.
Dysthymia treatment at Promises may involve a number of approaches. Clients will work with a psychiatrist to determine if medication is clinically appropriate for their condition. They will participate in individual and group therapy and family therapy as needed. Traditional, alternative and trauma-focused therapies help clients tackle underlying issues that may be contributing to their mood disorder and other difficulties. They learn healthy coping skills and participate in activities that promote overall health and well-being.
Dysthymia is a chronic, low-grade form of depression that continues for two years or more. Although less severe than major depression, dysthymia can disrupt an individual’s ability to function day to day and to enjoy life. It is also common for people who suffer from dysthymia to experience one or more episodes of major depression.
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 1.5% of adults in the U.S. struggle with dysthymia. Like other types of depression, dysthymia is more common in women than men.
Symptoms of Dysthymia
People with dysthymia tend to have difficulty relaxing and having fun and may be overly critical of themselves and others. The symptoms of dysthymia resemble the symptoms of major depression and include:
- Feeling hopeless, guilty, worthless or sad most days
- Negative outlook on life
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Lack of productivity
- Low self-esteem
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Difficulty making decisions or concentrating
- Irritability or anger
- Insomnia or excessive sleep
- Changes in appetite or weight
- Trouble staying positive even in happy times
These symptoms may vary in intensity and may come and go over time. Dysthymia may occur alongside anxiety disorders, substance abuse and other mental health issues. Symptoms usually don’t go away without professional help. Most people will require some type of dysthymia treatment in order to get better.
Causes of Dysthymia
An exact cause of dysthymia is not known. Like other depressive disorders, scientists believe dysthymia has genetic and environmental components. There also may be biochemical changes in the brain that bring on the symptoms of dysthymia. Stressful life events, serious illness, certain medications and a strong need for approval from others may also increase the likelihood of developing the disorder.
A combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy is typically the most effective treatment for dysthymia. Individual, group and family therapy can provide insights into the interaction between one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors and help people develop healthy coping skills. At Promises, treatment seeks to relieve many of the symptoms of dysthymia and address underlying issues, allowing clients to make decisions and find ways to feel fulfilled while minimizing self-defeating behaviors.
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