Dysthymic Disorder Questions & Answers

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What are the types of dysthymia?

How prevalent are major depressive episodes in patients with dysthymia?

What are the DSM-5 criteria for persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What causes persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What is the pathophysiology of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What is the prevalence of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What is the prognosis of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What is the mortality and morbidity associated with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What is included in patient education about persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Which rating scales are used in the evaluation of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Which findings on a mental status exam are characteristic of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Which physical exam findings are characteristic of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

DDX

Which conditions are included in the differential diagnoses of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What are the differential diagnoses for Dysthymic Disorder?

Workup

Which lab tests are performed in the workup of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Treatment

How is persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) treated?

What is the role of psychotherapy in the treatment of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

How is persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) prevented?

When is inpatient care indicated for the treatment of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

What are precautions in the use of medications to treat persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) in children and adolescents?

How is treatment resistance managed in patients with persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?

Which medications in the drug class Thyroid Products are used in the treatment of Dysthymic Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Antidepressants, Other are used in the treatment of Dysthymic Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Tricyclic Antidepressants are used in the treatment of Dysthymic Disorder?

Which medications in the drug class Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors are used in the treatment of Dysthymic Disorder?