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Get help for persistent depressive disorder (PDD) at Priory

Persistent depressive disorder (PDD), which is also known as dysthymia, is a chronic type of depression that can endure for years at a time.

It is completely normal to feel upset or ‘down’ every now and then. However, if you struggle with dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder), you will typically find that you feel sad and hopeless most of the time. This can have a significantly negative impact on your quality of life.

Dysthymia can be very difficult to cope with, and your persistent feelings of sadness and inadequacy can affect everything from your personal relationships to your performance at work. However, at Priory, our depression experts can help you to overcome your PDD and make a full and lasting recovery. We will work closely with you to create an optimal treatment programme that meets your unique needs and goals, supporting you every step of the way.

You don’t have to struggle with dysthymia alone - contact Priory today and get the help you need to get your life back on track.

What is PDD?

Like depression, PDD causes people to experience low moods, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem and a lack of enjoyment in daily life. However, dysthymia differs from other forms of depression in two key ways:

  • Dysthymia symptoms don’t tend to be as debilitating as those experienced with other types of depression, especially severe depression. Instead, dysthymia symptoms are generally classed as ‘mild’ or ‘moderate’. However, they can still impair your ability to function socially and at work
  • Dysthymia is a chronic and enduring condition. People with dysthymia often experience low moods and sadness for years at a time, as opposed to having episodes that come and go

Because of how persistent and enduring dysthymia is, it can be extremely draining and have a negative impact on every area of your life. Constantly dealing with low mood can leave you unmotivated and struggling to function effectively. Without treatment, PDD can affect you:

  • Emotionally
  • Mentally
  • Socially
  • Behaviourally
  • Physically
  • Professionally

That’s why it’s so important to seek support for your dysthymia. It’s possible for you to make a full recovery and take back control of your life. Specialist help is just a phone call away, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What are the signs and symptoms of dysthymia?

Dysthymia symptoms can vary from person to person, but typically consist of persistent feelings of sadness, that can last for years at a time. As well as experiencing an enduring low mood, PDD can also cause:

  • A lack of interest in hobbies or activities that you may once have found enjoyment in
  • Feelings of hopelessness and emptiness
  • Anger, irritability and frustration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Sleep problems such as insomnia
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Changes in appetite, causing you to gain or lose weight
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

The symptoms of dysthymia may not be as severe or debilitating as those associated with other forms of depression, but can last for much longer. Our depression symptoms page provides more detailed information on the general symptoms of depression.

It’s also important to understand that because PDD can persist for years, it can become very deep-seated in a person’s life. This means that individuals who struggle with it can often be viewed by others as somebody who:

  • Has an inability or an unwillingness to have fun or find enjoyment in anything
  • Has a generally miserable personality
  • Is constantly complaining
  • Doesn’t seem to make any effort

This means that dysthymia can be quite difficult to spot. For sufferers of PDD, it can feel like their low mood and sadness are always present. This, coupled with the fact that symptoms don’t tend to be severe, means that dysthymia is often normalised and simply put down to a person’s personality, as opposed to a mental health condition that needs treatment. That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognise the above symptoms and perceived personality traits in yourself or a loved one, so you’re able to spot the signs when you or someone else may be struggling.

Dysthymia is treatable

Our team consists of expert psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other mental health specialists. We can provide evidence-based treatment for PDD within our nationwide network of hospitals and wellbeing centres.

Ultimately, it’s important to recognise that:

  • You don’t have to suffer in silence
  • Dysthymia is treatable
  • You can receive a completely personalised PDD treatment programme with us
  • We can deliver lots of different types of therapy
  • We are able to prescribe medication for your dysthymia if this is needed

Without specialist support, it’s likely that your dysthymia will continue to have a disruptive impact on all areas of your life. However, we can help you return to the positive and healthy life that you deserve.

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How do we treat dysthymia at Priory?

As persistent depressive disorder is a type of depression, it responds well to a number of the therapeutic methods that we use to treat depression. These include the following.

Therapy techniques for treating dysthymia:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) – this is usually recommended only if other treatments have been ineffective
  • Rapid acting programme in depression (RAPID) by triple chronotherapy

You can find out more about these different therapies on our therapy types page.

Therapy formats for treating PDD:

Therapy programmes for treating persistent depressive disorder:

We are also able to prescribe antidepressant medication, such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRIs), for your dysthymia if this is necessary. This would be prescribed alongside CBT and other forms of therapy, and acts as a further buffer against PDD.

Ultimately, our Priory experts are dedicated to providing the most effective treatment for your persistent depressive disorder, helping you to overcome your negative thoughts and achieve wellbeing.

Help for dysthymia in young people

At Priory, we don’t just treat adults who struggle with dysthymia - we are also able to provide expert dysthymia treatment for patients who are under the age of 18 years.

More information on the mental health support that we offer for young people can be found on our young people’s services page.

Crisis care at Priory

Priory’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that those in crisis gain access to the best possible support, as quickly as possible. The specialist teams at our residential facilities can help to stabilise those in need of immediate assistance for their dysthymia or other mental health concerns.

Contact Priory today

You don’t have to struggle with PDD by yourself; expert, established treatment is available. To find out how Priory can help you to overcome your dysthymia and return to a positive way of life, call our dedicated team today on 0800 840 3219 or make an enquiry online

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Blog reviewed by Dr Patrick Mbaya (MB ChB, MSc, MD, FRCPsych, Cert. Psychopharmacology), Lead Consultant for Addictions at Priory Hospital Altrincham

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