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Dysthymic Disorder

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 31, 2022.

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.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Medicines are given to help improve your mood.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider 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.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Limit alcohol:

Ask your 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.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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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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