WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Dysthymic disorder, or dysthymia, is a type of depression that occurs over a long period of time. Dysthymia may affect how you get along with your family, friends, or other people. It may also affect your daily activities at work, home, or school.
- Medicines are given to help improve your mood.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:
For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.
Ask your healthcare provider how much alcohol is safe for you to drink. Women should limit alcohol to 1 drink a day. Men should limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day. A drink of alcohol is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor.
Do not smoke:
If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Ask for information if you need help quitting.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You cannot make it to your next appointment.
- You have new or worsening symptoms.
- You feel you are unable to cope with your sadness.
- Your symptoms prevent you from doing many of your daily activities.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else.
- You have trouble breathing, chest pain, or a fast heartbeat.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.