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What is Dysthymia?
Dysthymia is a form of depression categorized under Mood Disorders. This form of mood disorder, also known as chronic depression, is severe but not as severe as Major Depressive Disorder. Those suffering from Dysthymia will experience depressive symptoms for a long time. Typically, this depression lasts for at least 2 years or more. Dysthymia can interfere with daily functioning. At times, symptoms can disappear but for never more than a few months at a time.

Symptoms of Dysthymia

  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble making decisions
  • Feeling guilty
  • Eating changes
  • Sleep problems
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Critical
  • Sadness

According to the Harvard Medical School’s health report on Dysthymia, three-quarter of people suffering from Dysthymia also have a chronic physical illness or another psychiatric disorder such as anxiety disorder. Sadly, many people who suffer from Dysthymia develop an alcohol or drug addiction.

Untreated symptoms of Dysthymia leave a person vulnerable to a Major Depressive episode, or a worsening of symptoms. Often, a person who feels the constant emotional pain of guilt, inadequacies, sleep disturbances and more will turn to alcohol and drugs to relieve these feelings. Once that happens, the disorder will worsen the psychological state of the user, and other symptoms of mental health disorders may develop.

Drugs and alcohol will work a brief time before the body becomes dependent and addicted to the substances. Ironically, the three basic causes of Dysthymia, biochemical, genetic, and environmental will be exacerbated or made worse. Drugs and alcohol produce major biochemical changes in the brain that can intensify rather than provide relief. Once addiction has taken over, the body will continue to require more of everything to maintain a biochemical balance.

Withdrawal symptoms may begin soon after consumption of the last drug or drink. A person will seek more drugs and alcohol to stop the withdrawal symptoms. Medically supervised drug and alcohol detox is needed to ensure the person’s safety both physically and psychologically.

Treatment relieves the progression of addiction and symptoms of Dysthymia

A treatment facility staffed with physicians and therapist experienced in addiction medicine and therapies can help you recover from addiction and dysthymia. The mental health disorder(s) must be dealt with simultaneously if addiction is to be arrested. Treatment follows a complete detox and addresses behavior, thinking, triggers, relapse prevention, life skills and more.

Treatment Alternatives and its affiliated partners can offer the client suffering from Dysthymia and addiction the latest in medically monitored comfortable detox and co-occurring disorder treatment. Not every treatment facility has the staff with the expertise to handle dual diagnosed clients. At Treatment Alternatives, our clients receive individualized care delivered by a multidisciplinary team approach based upon best industry practices. Treatment Alternatives, located in beautiful Boca Raton, FL, provides clients with a warm, secure, healing environment both inside the facility and outside in the surrounding environment.

Get control of your mental and physical health now. Call 877-957-5113 and speak with a Treatment Alternative representative. We understand what addiction does to your life and are dedicated to helping break free.

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