Treatment of Dysthymia in Baton Rouge


What is Dysthymia?

Also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder, dysthymia is a chronic form of depression that is less severe but longer-lasting than major depression. In these cases, feelings of depression and its associated side effects are experienced more often than not for at least two years.   Symptoms include of dysthymia may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, guilt, inadequacy, or hopelessness
  • Over and under-sleeping
  • Over and under-eating
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance of social situations
  • Difficulty in making decisions.

Those who suffer this condition may experience a negative impact on their home life, relationships, schoolwork, and careers. Additionally, they are more likely than those with major depressive disorder to also struggle with anxiety and substance abuse.  Treatment including medication and psychotherapy can help.  Unfortunately, patients often go undiagnosed, as their unrelenting symptoms may be mistaken as normal for them.

Treatment for Dysthymia

Dysthymia can often be successfully treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.  Contact Psychiatry Associates of Baton Rouge to request an appointment and learn more about these conditions and available treatment options.

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