How much can dysthymia have impacted on my life?

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Licho
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   Posted 8/5/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everybody,
 
I suppose that I've dysthymia. Almost every symptom of it, described in the articles, refers to me.
 
I suppose I've some sort of OCD thoughts as well, but it's not very severe.
 
I wonder if this dysthymia can have impacted on my casual life. My nearest family tell me usually, that I've terrible personality. There are often pretty unpleasant rows at my home due to my everyday behavior, especially my mum is always unsatisfied due to it.
 
I've been feeling pretty unhappy recently, and deppressive. The reality of mine seems to be senseless, I miss the past (although I know that it wasn't very wonderful as well), I get sentimental about many past things and I have strong will of being somehow ideal man, although I'm not able to be such a man. sad
 
I suffer from the social anxiety and the ulcerative colitis as well, which recently impact on my life much more than this dysthymia. And mixing these three diseases makes my life rather heavy. eyes
 
I have, due to it, some question to you - is treatment (with SSRI drugs) able to change my life? It was suggested to me some time ago, but I'm still hesitating (you'll probably understand, as you're depressive as well) due to the decisiveness lack. I doubt if the psychotherapy would be anyhow effective.
 
Cheers to you all who read it, I hope I'll maybe get some hope...

Post Edited (Licho) : 8/17/2007 9:36:22 AM (GMT-6)


faithfully4you
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   Posted 8/5/2007 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Licho~
Dysthmias are extremely difficult to diagnose and they resemble several symptoms that you have with depression.  There are some people that experience the numbness and loss of sensation in their bodies and find that it is related to the depression.  Dysthmias are rare and very little of the population are diagnosed with any of the different dysthmias.  Usually neurologists are the best physicians to diagnose this ailment.
 
The SSRI drugs do help people with serotonin uptake issues but I must tell you that they are not a cure all by any means.  There is no drug for depression that cures it but there are many meds as well as treatments that can curtail it for some time.  SSRIs helped me because my depression is mainly chemically imbalanced.  Your doctor would better know which meds are a good "cocktail" for you.
 
Good luck and let us know!
 
Teresa
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Licho
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   Posted 8/6/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks, Faithfully, for your answer. I suspect dysthymia in me, as I've been feeling these symptoms for years. I was said to be a "serious/sad child".

I actually need to see some doctor, maybe they'll help somehow.

You haven't consoled me a lot actually, with these opinion about meds... eyes

I've that terrible feeling of passing sometimes, as well. It's rather not normal in a teen, who I am. eyes

Cheers to you!


Sunnivara
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   Posted 8/7/2007 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Licho said...
Hello everybody,
 
I suppose that I've dysthymia. Almost every symptom of it, described in the articles, refers to me....
 
Cheers to you all who read it, I hope I'll maybe get some hope...
 
Hi Licho.
 
Please read the thread on "Rhodiola Rosea works!" :-)

Licho
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   Posted 8/16/2007 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. It seems encouraging. confused

hyde123
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Licho,

My GP diagnosed me with dysthymia when I was 18. I left my appointment with a prescription for AD's and feeling like I had won a million dollars; finally someone could tell me what was wrong with me, and that it was the illness that made me feel the way I did. However, my experience with medication was not good; I was on 150mg of Effexor XR a day and stayed on it for 8 years. The side effects weren't pleasant, but they never are, so I could deal with that. The withdrawals were hell, and I really think even two years later it still affects me in some way. I feel like I have lost the last ten years of my life, like I was on autopilot, and there is very little that I can remember about the years that I was on Effexor.

I dont have depression now and cant say one way or the other whether the Effexor had a part in it, and I would never say that if it happened again I wouldnt go back on the meds because you do what you have to in order to feel better. This is not meant to deter you from medication at all; it may be the best thing for you. But this is the advice that I can offer you;

1. Find a good doctor or specialist that knows what they are talking about; not one that will just give you a prescription and take your money. Read up on what meds they may give you so you know the questions to ask when you get there. Make sure that you know everything about the drug you are about to put into your body and how it will affect you.

2. Can your mum come with you to the doctor? It is so important that you have all the support that you can and that those closest to you have an understanding of what is going on. I shut everyone out of my problems, especially when I was withdrawing, and that is a big part of why it was so hard for me. I know that its hard to confide in people sometimes, but that is why the people who love you are there. Someone else who knows what is happening is also able to monitor your progress from another perspective and see things that you probably wont see.

3. If you do go onto meds, make sure you go to see your doctor regularly to check that the dose is still ok and that your body can handle them. Also, please please please ask what you can expect when/if the time comes to stop taking them. Some of them are an absolute ***** to stop. I really believe that information is vital; it wont make you feel any better but at least you expect it and understand why you feel the way you do. And better to know it before you start taking them.

I hope that this helps in some way. Please feel free to email me if you need any more info... I could go on forever!!

All the best to you,
Kate

Licho
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   Posted 8/17/2007 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hyde123,
 
It's nice that you've managed to get rid of your depression, I hope it'll be permanent. yeah
 
Much thanks for your interest in my thread and for your advices. :-)
 
Actually, I'm going to go to some dr eventually, probably with my Mum. A pretty much queue await me, from what I've heard. eyes  It'll be tiring.
 
Maybe I'll write to you, but I'm currently tired depressively even typing this... eyes
 
Cheers to you! :)

hyde123
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   Posted 8/17/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Licho,

Thats great that you can take your mum with you to help you through this; its so important to have that support. I hope that you can get to see a doctor soon; do you have a good GP that you can see to start off with?

I know how you feel about being tired; sometimes the mental exhaustion is worse than the physical. Just try to take care of yourself as best you can at the moment.

My thoughts are with you,

Kate

Licho
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   Posted 8/19/2007 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much. :-)
 
Well, my Mum actually doesn't understand too much about my depressive feelings, but she agreed to settle this visit. Maybe it'll change the situation in plus.
 
Once again thanks to you. yeah   :-)
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