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Dysthymic Disorder

Updated on October 8, 2014

Depressed, Sad, Gloomy, Negative, Down, having the blues

Do you feel like that often? Are you sometimes so down you have difficulties to feel happiness about anything at all? Are you a "negative" person that others do not know what to say to?

If the description fits on you - you might have Dysthymic Disorder. This is a lower art of Depression but it is chronical. It just never goes away completely. Yes - some days you are up and happy and can enjoy life. But others you are down and tired and feeling a sudden age and gloominess.

Dystymic disorder is a sickness that not many realize they have. Before you get the diagnosis you must have had it for years.

I have Dysthymic disorder since many years back. Thought something was wrong with me until it was diagnosed.

What can you do?

These advices are so common, but in this case they are very important.

Get enough sleep every night!

Eat healthy food! Fruit, vegetables and drink lots of water.

Have a fitness program that you like and will stick to. Go for a walk, jump up and down and fool your brains that you are happy. The brain will give away endorphins and you feel better.

Tell your friends about your sickness. It is easier to be together when they know that you suddenly can be silent and it is NOT their fault.

Find something in your life that is more important than yourself. I have my faith and knowledge in the Bible to lean on.

Double depression

dysthymic disorder plus a depression

Sometimes in life when a person with dysthymic disorder get a depression on top of it all, the doctors call this "double depression". You already have a mild kind of depression and now you get an "ordinary" depression too.

Talk about depressed! Some days you cannot even get dressed. You have no insentive to do anything or see anyone.

There is very little you can to yourself here. The best I have tried so far is to have antidepressive medication for a long while. The pills are working like that. You cannot take a pill and feel better - you need to eat them for many months perhaps years. But it does work acually.

Rhodiola rosea - Golden root

Supports Resistance to Emotional and Environmental Stressors -Supports the Cardiovascular and Immune Systems -Promotes Adaptation to Stress

I am eating this twice a day

Gloomy Sunday

Billie Holiday sings out her gloominess.

One way to deal with dysthymi perhaps?

Books on Amazon about this sickness - dysthymic disorder

Dysthymic Disorder - A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
Dysthymic Disorder - A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References

"The number of Web sites offering health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Furthermore, because of the rapid increase in Internet-based information, many hours can be wasted searching, selecting, and printing.This book was created for medical professionals, students, and members of the general public who want to conduct medical research using the most advanced tools available and spending the least amount of time doing so.

Dysthymia and the Spectrum of Chronic Depressions
Dysthymia and the Spectrum of Chronic Depressions

"This book is a significant step forward in the understanding of dysthymia and other chronic depressions." --Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"This valuable collection of chapters places the last 15 years of affective disorder research and clinical practice in a wonderful perspective....the distinguished group of contributors provide a lively debate on nosological and treatment issues, a debate that continues to this date." --American Journal of Psychiatry

Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depression
Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depression

Mild depressions are so insidious that sufferers often don't seek help. They think, "that's just the way I am. There's really not much I can do about it." As Dr. Michael Thase and science writer Susan S. Lang reveal in this wonderful new book, the good news is they can do something about it. Persistent mild depression, which afflicts up to 35 million Americans, can be readily and permanently cured.


Links about Dysthymia - Just some of them

Remember that the more you know about the enemy - the more you can fight him and conquer him!

Stopping depression Audio book

Overcoming depression: it can be done.

Bad sleep and dysfunctional dreaming are at the heart of how the brain manufactures depressed feelings.

In this download you will learn about the three factors that create and maintain virtually all depressions. You will be able to identify the importance of each of these as contributors to your depression. And you will find advice, tools and direct experiences to heal yourself and provide the confidence to insure you will never again experience a serious depression.

Stopping Depression - E motion Download

Post-natal depression Audio book

three factors to help

Some of us are born gloomy. Here are some advises to deal with it.

In this download you will learn of the three factors which create and maintain virtually all post natal depressions. You will also be able to identify the importance of each of these as contributing to your depression feelings since becoming a mother. And there is advice and tools and therapy to heal yourself and so give you the confidence deep within, that there is nothing wrong or bad about you and that you will never experience a depression like this again - if and when you decide to have more children.

Stopping Post Natal Depression - Emotion Download

Share your experiance and thoughts. If somebody can benefit from what you know, let them

Do you suspect you have dysthymic disorder?

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    • mel-kav profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of really good information here! Thanks for sharing your personal story so that you may help others.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sometimes I do feel a bit like that. Excellent information.

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      7 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks so much for sharing your personal story, and helping others by making this lens. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 6/10/2011. Have a great day!

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      7 years ago

      This is a great, informative lens. I've dealt with depression at times in my younger adult life, though I haven't been depressed for decades.(I divorced the cause of my depression) It's always ironically amusing when people who don't understand depression tell you "Just snap out of it!".

    • mariaamoroso profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sweden

      @sousababy: I LOVE your words: treated like WE have the problem. Yes Darling we got the problems thanks to others. But from the beginning it was theirs.

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      7 years ago

      Lensrolled to my: Bell Let's Talk, Getting IT together...Finding Happiness, and Not good enough - as is lenses. Thank you so very much. Stay Well, Rose

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      7 years ago

      Dear Irenemaria,I was diagnosed with dysthymia at 27 years of age (am 44 now). My experience with it (and reading about it) is this, those with dysthymia often have had a difficult childhood and/or are very in touch with reality. (It's the other side of the spectrum, since the stigma out there tends to be 'those with mental illness are NOT in touch with reality'). Thing is, MOST of the messages we interpret (non-verbal and verbal) ARE negative ones. Dysthmic people weigh these and make more accurate predictions about reality. In fact, it seems the 'masses may be more inaccurate and therefore somewhat delusional.' Thought I'd offer that up since many of us are told and treated like WE have the problem. Perhaps dysthymics face the often sad truths more openly than others and feel empathy and sadness that is overwhelming (at times) in the face of it.Thank you for this lens, lensrolling, liking and favoriting. Stay well dear friend, Rose

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      7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Excellent advice. I guess I feel like I have dysthymic disorder sometimes, but really it's part of having Bipolar Disorder II. I haven't tried Rhodiola rosea, although I've heard some good things about it.

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      8 years ago

      No I don't, but I have suffered with health problems all my life, therefor,it is normal to feel depressed. You would think that the medical profession would treat depression as part of the illness.

    • mariaamoroso profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sweden

      [in reply to grannysage] I know! To have a team of doctors explaining what really is the matter with you makes a great difference! I have been fighting double depression for a long time now and it is impossible to get better by willing so. Thank you for your comment!!!

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      9 years ago

      No, but I've had Pre-Mentrual Dysphoric Disorder and Major Depression. I take my little happy pills every day. I think a lot of people have un-diagnosed depression. It still carries a stigma, even though it is an illness like diabetes or heart disease. You cannot just will yourself to get better. Very informative lens.

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      Ruth Coffee 

      9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      No, but I think I experienced a period of depression during my late 20's. It was a very difficult time and I can't imagine feeling that way every day. Your advice seems good, it sounds simple but I know it isn't. Taking care of yourself, getting involved in other things, and so forth can at least keep it from escalating and help to lighten the load.


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