Dysthymia Therapy and Treatment | Chronic Depression Treatment in Long Island
Life is filled with ups and downs. But sometimes, the downs simply outnumber the ups. In psychology, there is a word for those that feel like their downs are persistent and long lasting: dysthymia, also known as persistent depressive disorder. Even though sometimes it feels as though these lows are a part of your life, those that have dysthymia are actually struggling with a type of chronic depression that is fully treatable, but only if you’re ready to seek help.
An Introduction to Dysthymia
Dysthymia is a type of depression. Yet unlike major depression, where the symptoms tend to be strong, immediate, and easier to diagnose, those with dysthymia tend to experience a slightly less severe form of depression when compared to major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, but the depression is long lasting – sometimes for years at a time.
Dysthymia causes many of the same symptoms of other forms of depression, including:
- Loss of interest in otherwise pleasurable activities.
- Low self-esteem.
- Low energy and/or fatigue.
- Difficulty with concentration.
- Persistent pessimism.
All depression is “severe.” But because dysthymia doesn’t have the marked lows of other depressive disorders, many people go years without being diagnosed, and believe that it’s a part of their character and personality – not the treatable depression that it is.
Dysthymia Depression Therapy from Long Island Psychology
Depression is a treatable condition. Many of those with dysthymia live with it for so long that they assume there is no solution. But with the right therapy and treatment tactics, it’s possible to overcome dysthymia and experience a more positive and happier life. It starts by finding a Long Island psychologist that you trust to help.
Long Island Psychology has offices in Garden City, Roslyn Heights, and Rockville Centre, NY. We work with those on Long Island that simply feel like they are not able to get unstuck from where they feel they are in life, and struggle with depression or depression-like symptoms and have not been able to find relief.
If you believe you have dysthymia, or you simply haven’t felt like you’re happy with yourself and your life, please feel free and call us today at (516) 732-0273. No one has to struggle with depression or low self-esteem, and we would love an opportunity to talk to you about what you feel like you’ve been struggling with and find personalized solutions that can help you see relief. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our therapy services.