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Chronic Depression Treatment Therapy

If you're seeking effective chronic depression treatment, you're not alone. Dealing with persistent low mood and hopelessness can be challenging, but there's hope. Our experienced and trusted therapists specialize in evidence-based approaches, including REBT, CBT, and EMDR, tailored to treat chronic depression comprehensively.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Dysthymia?

Persistent depressive disorder, or dysthymia, is a disorder characterized by low mood and hopelessness that lasts for a prolonged period. Compared to major depressive disorder (MDD), dysthymia involves more persistent but less severe symptoms of depression.  Persistent depressive disorder is now in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) as a combination of what used to be chronic major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder.

Symptoms of dysthymia include:

To be diagnosed with dysthymia, the individual must not be without symptoms for more than 2 months at a time.

What Causes Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is caused by several factors including:

Dysthymia is a complex condition that is usually caused by a combination of different factors. Not everyone at risk for the disorder will develop it. However, it is important to remember there is treatment.

Dysthymia Causes

Is Dysthymia Common in the U.S.?

Dysthymia is a common condition with 2% of Americans living with the diagnosis. While dysthymia is not as well known as major depressive disorder (MDD), if left untreated, it can have significant impacts on an individual’s life. Treatment can greatly improve your quality and satisfaction with life.

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How Is Dysthymia Diagnosed?

Dysthymia can be diagnosed by a skilled trauma therapist. Your therapist will conduct an assessment and ask you questions about your history and past life experiences. The therapist will use the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 to help diagnose your condition.

How Is Dysthymia Treated?

Dysthymia can be treated with psychotherapy. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your personal preferences, the severity of your symptoms, and your therapist’s specialty.

Some options for treating dysthymia include:

Oftentimes, the best treatment is a holistic approach that incorporates different treatments. Talk to your therapist about these options to find what works best for you.

What Medications Can Be Prescribed for Chronic Depression?

Some medications that are used to treat chronic depression include:

If you are considering medication for your dysthymia symptoms, talk to your psychiatrist about these different medications, as well as their side effects.

What Natural Treatments Can Help for Major Depressive Disorder?

Natural treatments can be highly effective for depression. A therapist or counselor can help you learn to naturally improve your depressive symptoms.

Some natural remedies for depression include:

All of these natural remedies for depression are excellent additions to evidence-based therapies. It is important to have both professional and social support in your depression recovery.

Where Can You Find Healthcare Providers for Depression Treatment?

You can find healthcare providers for depression in various ways including:

You can find these healthcare providers by: 

Finding a therapist can be challenging, at times. However, the best way to find the right therapist for you is to start by meeting with someone and see if you feel comfortable working together.

How Long Does Therapy Last for Chronic Depression?

The duration of therapy is up to your willingness to participate in your treatment.

Some factors that may influence how long therapy lasts include:

However long therapy takes, we understand beginning therapy can be scary. It is important to take the first step to allow yourself the chance to change your life.

Does TMS Therapy for Depression Help With Chronic Pain?

TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy is a form of treatment for depression. There has been some research on TMS for chronic pain, however, the results are not significant enough.

Do People With Chronic Depression Stay in Therapy for Life?

It is not necessary to stay in therapy for life if you have chronic depression or dysthymia. It is possible, however. The choice is up to you. Some people find it helpful to stay in therapy as stressful life events come up, or simply to process the events of the week after depression treatment is complete.

In the journey to overcome chronic depression, remember that effective treatment is within your reach. By choosing evidence-based approaches like REBT, CBT, and EMDR, you’re taking proactive steps towards a healthier mental state. Reach out to our experienced therapists today and embark on a path of healing and transformation.

Page Modified on Mar 3, 2024 by Liz Chelak (Trauma Therapist)

The information on this website is to provide a general information. In no way does any of the information provided reflect a definitive treatment advice. It is important to consult a best in class trauma counselor in WPB regarding ANY questions or issues. A thorough evaluation should ALWAYS be performed for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. Be sure to call your local trauma therapist, to schedule a assessment.