Dysthymic disorder can be treated with an antidepressant medication. This type of drug helps relieve depression. Antidepressants do not make people feel "placed" and do not create a habit.
It is possible that you and your doctor tarden few weeks or even months, to know whether an antidepressant is helping. It is important to take the medication exactly as directed by your doctor. If the antidepressant helps you feel better, you may need to take this medicine for several years. You should continue taking the drug, even if you start feeling better. If you stop taking the medication, you may be depressed again.
Sometimes there are side effects to stop taking antidepressant medication suddenly. If you want to stop taking the medication, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor can help you avoid the side effects stop taking the medicine too fast.
Should I see a counselor too?
Sometimes, besides taking an antidepressant, patients find that counseling can help them address specific problems. Many doctors believe that combination of drug therapy is the most effective way to treat dysthymia.
What can I do to help me feel better?
Talk to your doctor about how you feel and get treatment for dysthymic disorder are the first steps to feeling better.The following may also help.
- Find activities that make you feel better or help you get a sense of accomplishment. For example, go to a movie, take a walk with the car on a nice day, go to a sporting event or working in the garden. Do something nice for someone else may help.
- Perform regular meals, well balanced and healthy.
- Avoid drugs and alcohol abuse. Can worsen depression.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise can improve your mood. Exercise 4 to 6 times a week for 30 to 60 minutes each time is a good goal.