I've had dysthymia for ten years, I was diagnosed five months ago, but an MD episode delayed treatment, my most prominent symptoms are cognitive impairment(very poor concentration, obliterated energy, poor memory, etc) I do have a depressed mood but it doesn't compare. My question is if antidepressants will help my impairment.
I´m not a doctor, so don´t take this as medical advice, but there is a novel anti-depresant from France called Stablon (check it on Wikipedia) which is an SSRE and unusually acts the opposite way to normal SSRI anti-depressants. Many claim it has nootropic-like cognitive enhancement properties as it raises dopamine levels and helps motivation and ability to task-focus. I would just add though, before trying a prescription drug, why don´t you give natural nootropics a try, such as Piracetam and Phenibut? And adaptogens such as Ashaganda and Rhodiola. St John´s Wort and 5-HTP have also been clinically demonstrated to be as effective as prescription SSRI anti-depressants in mild to moderate depression, but without the side-effects. I have personally found that to be the case, and have also tried Stablon and confirm the effects.
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