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by McCoy K

(Dysthymic Disorder)



Dysthymia a mild-to-moderate depression that may go away during periods of normal mood that last up to two months.


Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment may include one or more of the following:

Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressant medications may help to manage symptoms. Antidepressants take a few weeks to begin working. Take them as directed by your doctor.

Lifestyle Modifications

In addition to medications and therapy, the following lifestyle modifications may help you feel better:
  • Participate in enjoyable activities.
  • Eat a healthful diet.
  • Avoid illegal drugs and alcohol.
  • Begin a safe exercise program with the advice of your doctor.
  • Have a regular sleep schedule.


National Institute of Mental Health

National Mental Health Association



Canadian Psychiatric Association

Mood Disorder Association of Ontario



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Lim MA, Moncrieff J, Soares BGO. Drugs versus placebo for dysthymia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2005;2:CD001130.


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