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How do antidepressants help ease dysthymia?

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There are different classes of antidepressants available to treat dysthymia. Your doctor will find the antidepressant that is most effective with the least side effects.

Antidepressants may take several weeks to work fully. They should be taken for at least six to nine months after an episode of chronic depression. In addition, it sometimes may take several weeks to safely discontinue an antidepressant, so let your doctor guide you if you choose to stop the drug.

From: Dysthymia (Mild, Chronic Depression) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “What Is Depression?” "Dysthymic Disorder Among Adults."

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Dysthymic Disorder: When Depression Lingers.”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II , Rodale, 2006.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV).

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “What Is Depression?” "Dysthymic Disorder Among Adults."

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Dysthymic Disorder: When Depression Lingers.”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II , Rodale, 2006.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV).

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017

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