What is Dysthymia?
Dysthymia is a mood disorder similar to depression. The symptoms of dysthymia may be a little less intense, but unfortunately they tend to last much longer than those of clinical depression, i.e., major depressive disorder.
If you have dysthymia, you may have mistakenly attributed your low energy or difficutly getting things done to your personality. You may have even been called lazy or told you had a negative attitude by others. It is troubling that too often dysthymia goes undiagnosed and a person doesn't receive treatment for dysthymia and instead carries around the burden of self-blame and is unfairly judged by others.
Dysthymic Disorder, according to the DSM-V, is a Mood Disorder. That is the same category as Major Depressive Disorder (Depression) and Bipolar Disorder. Dysthymia is characterized by depressive symptoms that include at least two of the following:
1) poor appetite or overeating
2) insomnia or hypersomnia
3) low energy or fatigue
4) low self-esteem
5) poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
6) feelings of hopelessness
These symptoms must occur more days than not for at least two years, in order to receive this diagnosis. Only a professional (e.g., psychologist or psychiatrist) can make such a diagnosis and exclusionary and other relevant criteria exist.
Dysthymia can singificantly impair relationships and have real implications for work productivity, and daily functioning. And because the symptoms are there so long you may believe that is just the way you are and that nothing can change. And others may believe that about you too. But that mood is not who you are and neither is the lack of energy, being tired, or having difficulty getting things done. Those things can change. Your life can improve.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can reduce the pain of dythymic disorder, i.e., dysthymia.
How Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help with Dysthymia
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been shown to reduce the symptoms of dysthymica. New York Behavioral Health therapists are warm, caring professionals who understand what you are going through. Therapists can offer CBT in our comfortable private offices conveniently located at 380 Lexington Avenue on the corner of 42nd Street. Our compassionate staff have been extensively trained in scientifically supported techniques to efficiently reduce your suffering and begin to get you living the life you want. We know it is not easy to get started, but we can help to begin to reduce your suffering.
For information about depression treatment to reduce your suffering, please email or call New York Behavioral Health, and a staff member will be there to answer your questions. Your privacy and comfort are a priority, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about dysthymia or dysthymia treatment.