Monday, September 24, 2012

A Look at Dysthymia

What is dysthymia?
It is also known as neurotic depression. It is a mood disorder. It strikes much like depression does, but the symptoms are lesser than depression. Often patients just write it off as their mood, or their personality. It is a much longer lasting form of depression if left untreated.
Some signs and symptoms may include
*avoiding opportunities for fear of failure
*low pleasure with life
*low self esteem
*binge eating
And more.

After much debate it was found that dysthymia is both a mental and physical disorder.  Imbalanced hormones, serotonin levels,  sleep abnormalities, all contribute to this disorder. 

What is done for dysthymia treatment ?
Sadness is common in recovering, but in treating dysthymia, the practitioners realize there is much more than just sadness. A holistic approach is put into place including psychological treatment, counseling, nutrition, and exercise.

Cognitive Behavioral therapy takes a look at the patient’s fears and anxieties and tailors it to their specific needs. Teaching rational response to the anxieties can be better in the long run than just treating it with medication. Learning to recognize irrational thinking, and being able to reroute one’s thoughts is a huge step in the right direction for recovery. Learning to change the patterns in your day, and thinking clearly and rationally may sound easy for most, but those suffering from dysthymia struggle with it daily.

This review was a sponsored post and I was compensated for writing it.

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