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Chronic Depression

Dysthymia - Chronic Depression Definition of chronic depression Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression the symptoms of which are significantly less intense than those of major depression. Dysthymia or chronic depression is therefore milder but usually lasts for a period of two years or more. The many people who suffer from this so-called ‘mild’ chronic depression are at great risk of developing major depression ,  a serious disorder that makes them incapable of enjoying their life. If you suffer from dysthymia or chronic depression you are likely to feel hopeless most of the time and have developed a low self-esteem over years. The disorder dysthymia or chronic depression can interfere so heavily in your daily activities that you can hardly enjoy any moment. What are the signs and symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression ? The symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression in adults are very similar to symptoms of major depression; they are however less intense and may include: Changes in feelings You mostly feel constantly hopeless, helpless and particularly worthless for the people around you and you develop a pessimistic attitude. You develop excessive feelings of guilt and are moreover convinced that your situation can only worsen and that nothing can be done to change that trend. Changes in feelings are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Concentration problems You find it extremely difficult or almost impossible to concentrate now on tasks or projects you could handle easily previously. Remembering any kind of details and taking decisions cause you huge problems. Concentration problems are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Sleep problems Your sleeping habits have changed: you suffer from insomnia, that is, you cannot fall asleep normally, you do not sleep enough or you sleep too long – practically the whole day – and have difficulties to awake. Such sleep problems are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Losing interest in anything You do not show interest any more in daily activities you used to enjoy, such as hobbies, sex, pastimes, meeting friends, etc. Losing interest in daily activities is a possible symptom of dysthymia / chronic depression . Feeding negative thoughts Most of the time – practically every day – you feel sad and down and constantly ‘generate’ negative thoughts and you are no longer in a position to control them – no matter how much time and effort you put in these actions. Feeding regularly such or similar negative thoughts are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Loss of energy Most of the time you feel awfully tired and physically drained. Performing any little work or small tasks is now exhausting and a burden for you. Losing energy without apparent reasons also belongs to the possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Changes in mood Without any apparent reasons, you have changed significantly and you are now more irritable, extremely short-tempered and even much more aggressive than previously. Such and similar changes in mood are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Changes in eating habits You have lost your appetite – apparently without any reason or you cannot stop eating although you know that it is unhealthy and that obesity may cause serious problems. Changes in eating habits are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Changes in mood Without any apparent reasons, you have changed significantly and you are now more irritable, extremely short-tempered and even much more aggressive than previously. Such and similar changes in mood are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Increased alcohol consumption and reckless behaviour Your alcohol consumption has increased significantly and you are on the best way to become addicted. Additionally, you behave increasingly recklessly. Increased alcohol consumption and freckles behaviour are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Avoidance of social activities You realize suddenly that you do not enjoy any more the company of the old good friends that you used to see regularly and that you consistently do your utmost not to accept invitations or participate in social activities. Avoiding meeting friends or stopping all social activities without a valid reason are also possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Suicidal thoughts Your main thoughts focus on the idea that your life is not worth living. If this is the way you feel when reading these lines, please stop reading and seek help at once. Suicidal thoughts are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . The symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression in children are very similar to symptoms of major depression; they are however less intense. Dysthymia / chronic depression is sometimes accompanied by a lot of other disorders and may include: Changes in feelings You mostly feel constantly hopeless, helpless and particularly worthless for the people around you – your schoolmates and the society in general – and you develop a pessimistic attitude. You develop excessive feelings of guilt and are also convinced that your situation at school and at home can only worsen and that neither you nor anybody else can do anything to change that trend. Such changes in feelings are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Changes in mood Nothing has changed apparently around you:  you have not moved in another town or another school and nothing has changed in the attitude of your parents and siblings, but you have changed significantly and are now more irritable, extremely short-tempered and even much more aggressive than previously. Such and similar changes in mood are possible warning symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Concentration problems You find it now extremely difficult or almost impossible to concentrate at school on tasks or subjects you could handle easily previously. Remembering already learned simple rule and doing your homework cause you huge problems. Concentration problems are possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . Avoidance of social activities You realize suddenly that you do not enjoy any more the company of your best friends that you used to or learn play with regularly and that you consistently do your utmost not to accept their invitations or participate in social activities. Avoiding meeting friends or stopping all social activities without a valid reason are also possible symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression . People who suffer from dysthymia / chronic depression generally experience intermittent symptoms of depression over a period of several years. These depression symptoms may vary in intensity over time and the episode-free periods last rarely for more than two months. The term  “ early- onset dysthymia ”  is used to qualify a chronic depression disorder experienced by people under age 21. The term  “ late-onset dysthymia ”  is used to qualify a chronic depression disorder experienced by people above age 21. Prevalence of dysthymia / chronic depression According to the National Institute of Mental Health, dysthymia – also called chronic depression – is responsible for causing disability among U.S. citizens of all ages. More precisely, about 1.5 per cent of Americans suffer from dysthymia / chronic depression over their lifetime. This type of depression can affect everybody: men and women, children, teenagers, adults but is rarely diagnosed and professionally treated. The lifetime prevalence for is estimated to be 2.5 per cent. How is dysthymia / chronic depression diagnosed? There are no dedicated blood, X-ray or other laboratory tests yet capable of diagnosing dysthymia / chronic depression .  The diagnosis is therefore performed on the basis of the signs and symptoms experienced by the patient and of the doctor’s personal observation of the person's attitude and behaviour in general. At the time of the visit, the chronic depression symptoms that are less intense than in people with major depression ,  will have been experienced already for a longer time. However, mental health care professionals, psychologists or psychiatrists specialized in evaluating symptoms of depression are best qualified to determine chronic depression .  The doctor will start performing a complete medical history and a full physical examination, then check if other mental health problems can be responsible for the reported dysthymia / chronic depression . He or she will most probably inquire about your mood and thoughts during the visit and may also let you fill in a questionnaire to help identify possible depression symptoms . Some blood tests and other laboratory work may be performed additionally to exclude that any other medical problem is the cause of the chronic depression .  An underactive thyroid – as well as alcohol and drug – can generate symptoms that are very similar to those of major depression .  Should you feel depressed and have experienced ‘severe’ symptoms of depression for at least a fortnight, do not hesitate, and see your mental health care professionals, psychologists or psychiatrists as soon as possible. How is dysthymia / chronic depression treated? Your doctor has several treatment options he can choose from to treat your symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression: medications and psychotherapy – also called ‘talk therapy’.  Both treatments can be used separately and medication seems to be the more effective one to treat dysthymia / chronic depression. However, professionals do believe that a judicious combination of medication and appropriate psychotherapy may enhance effectiveness significantly. To decide about the type or treatment to be used to fight your chronic depression ,  your doctor may take into consideration several factors, such as: the severity level of your dysthymia / chronic depression symptoms the kind of treatments you have possibly already received to treat your depression symptoms your preferences and/or capability of toleration certain medications your other personal emotional problems Medications for dysthymia Dysthymia / chronic depression – or more precisely their symptoms – is most commonly treated effectively with antidepressants, such as: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) Antidepressants generally require a certain period of time – sometimes several weeks or longer – before they start to work optimally and make your life easier. When you experience an episode of dysthymia / chronic depression ,  you are expected to continue taking your prescribed antidepressant for at least half a year – without any interruption.  Should you decide to stop taking your antidepressants for a while, this may cause a sudden worsening of your dysthymia / chronic depression ,  and you should consult your doctor beforehand to arrange a working decreasing plan for the next few weeks. How to find the right medication for your dysthymia /chronic depression ? Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are mostly chosen to treat dysthymia / chronic depression for two reasons: they work effectively and the side effects that they generate are generally more tolerable for the patients. Taking your personal situation and type of depression into consideration, your doctor will choose a specific antidepressant or of a combination of medications. Should you experience disturbing side effects, do not panic, continue to take the prescribed antidepressants and inform your doctor correspondingly and with full details. You should be aware that certain depressants may even worsen your depression when the therapy is stopped suddenly. In other words, you cannot stop abruptly taking the chosen antidepressant, and create so-called withdrawal symptoms until a more suitable and appropriate medication – with more tolerable side effects – is found to combat your dysthymia / chronic depression .  It is always a good idea to discuss thoroughly the pros and cons of possible side effects with a professional and to make up your own decision.  People suffering from dysthymia / chronic depression may have to continue taking antidepressants for a long time in order to be able to keep their depression symptoms under control. Psychotherapy for dysthymia /chronic depression Psychotherapy – also called talk therapy – is increasingly used in dysthymia / chronic depression to teach and so help people learn about their mood and condition, thoughts, feelings, etc. and develop genuine coping skills and “stress management” to deal with the odds of everyday life. Psychotherapy can also help both the patient and his or her family better understand the specifics of dysthymia / chronic depression . Your doctor has several treatment options he can choose from to treat your symptoms of dysthymia / chronic depression : medications and psychotherapy – also called ‘talk therapy’.  Take the necessary time to discuss – together with your therapist – what you believe will best suit your requirements. How to cope with dysthymia /chronic depression As you may have hear from people suffering from dysthymia / chronic depression , getting clear with this disorder is not a simple matter of a few weeks or months, but a long-term  experience that will have a strong hold not only on your own life but also on the life of the people around you. Moreover, dysthymia / chronic depression usually makes it very hard for those suffering from the disorder, to being physically active and doing some exercises that can help them better support and reduce their depression symptoms. Complimentary to the treatments arranged with your doctor or therapist, following tips may enhance your situation: Do not complicate your life – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression Make your daily life as simple and easy as possible, install priorities and cut back on obligations wherever feasible. Take it easy. Not everything must be done immediately. Do not get nervous; there is a time for everything. Keep focusing on your objectives – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression Concentrate on what you want to achieve. You have learned that treating dysthymia / chronic depression is an ongoing long-termed process during which you have to motivate and re-motivate yourself all the time. Do not get discouraged if results are not obtained quickly and always keep your objectives in mind: you want to improve your chances of recovery. Persevere and you will make it. Keep a diary – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression Keep your “My Dysthymia Diary” up to date. Write down – as detailed as possible – how, how long and when you experienced your pain, fear, anger, emotions, etc. Your “My Dysthymia Diary” will be of great help for you and your doctor or therapist to control the development of the disorder. Read self-help books – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression You can ask your doctor or therapist to recommend you appropriate self-help books. Read them attentively and discuss relevant aspects with your doctor or therapist during the next sessions. The more informed you are about your dysthymia / chronic depression ,  the better you can cope with it. Do not ‘feed’ your isolation – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression People suffering from chronic depression should do everything imaginable not to become isolated one day. It is therefore a good idea for them to try taking part in different activities and to meet regularly with friends or family members. Do not let you go – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression Take care of yourself. Care for a balanced diet. Good nutrition is very important and reinforces your resistance against your chronic depression .  Being physically active and doing some exercises is not only good for your health in general, but may also support and reduce significantly the symptoms of your dysthymia / chronic depression .  Make sure that you get sufficient sleep – this is extremely important not to trigger depression symptoms . Joining a support group – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression The support you may receive from friends and family members is no doubt invaluable in learning to cope with dysthymia. For some people, it is much easier to receive help and support from strangers. In the US, pertaining education, support groups, counseling, etc. are offered by a variety of organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), to help people suffering from dysthymia / chronic depression . Practising relaxation – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression Practising regularly relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, tai chi, drinking hot tea, self-massage, etc. will help you drop your stress levels and indirectly fight your dysthymia / chronic depression . Schedule your activities – This will help you cope with your dysthymia / chronic depression Take time to plan judiciously your daily activities. A good organization of your time and of your daily tasks is essential to avoid negative stress that could trigger your dysthymia / chronic depression . Does prevention against dysthymia / chronic depression exist? Effective measures capable of preventing the emergence of dysthymia / chronic depression have not been found yet. However, when early diagnosed and adequately treated, the severity of the symptoms of chronic depression can be reduced significantly. An early professional treatment of dysthymia / chronic depression can improve the quality of life.
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