Dysthymia and Its Role in Addiction
Protect Yourself or Your Loved One
Also known as persistent depressive mood disorder, dysthymia affects approximately 1.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. (about 3.3 million American adults). It is characterized by prolonged feelings of depression and is a chronic form of depression. Unlike major depressive disorder, which may include intermittent bouts of depression, dysthymia takes over large swaths of a person’s life, including their careers, their romantic and familial relationships and their overall health and quality of life. Treatment for dysthymia is closer and more accessible than you or your loved one may realize. Get the help you need today.
A Common Issue in Dual-Diagnosis
Dysthymia is commonly accompanied by other physical and mental health issues. These issues can either by the cause or effect of dysthymic disorder and should be treated separately from the condition to help patients achieve balanced overall health. Some of the health issues commonly associated with dysthymia include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Sleep disorders
- Substance abuse
- Adult ADHD
- BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder)
- Chronic Pain
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these conditions, it’s imperative to seek treatment immediately before dysthymia worsens or leads to more serious issues.