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Dysthymia or Chronic Depression

Posted by @meeta in Mental Health, Jul 6, 2011

My mom is suffering from dysthymia..thats what the doctor said.Can someone help me and let me know how I can help my mom.

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Posted by @derbyfever, Jul 6, 2011

Hi Meeta,
You are so compassionate for trying to help your mom. I am a (child) psychologist and can tell you the single-most important thing for your mom's recovery will be professional help. Since she has seen a doctor, it sounds like she is already accessing help of some kind. Hopefully they will get her connected to the necessary professionals who can help her. In my experience it's usually the combination of medication and therapy that are most effective in overcoming dysthymia and/or depression. Bear in mind that this condition did not develop overnight and, likewise, it will take time to treat. However, the important thing to remember is that it IS treatable. Just be patient and most importantly for you, don't blame yourself or allow your life to become defined by your mom's condition. Hang in there, sweetie, and just know that things will get better.

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Posted by @joycegroenke, Jul 6, 2011

This link will give you more information on dysthymia. I hope you find it helpful.


Posted by @meeta, Jul 11, 2011

Hi Derby,
Thanks a lot for your suggestions.Very true this condition didn't develop overnight.Now her mind works faster than her body.She has been having OCD since last many years.All I want her to be is calm..Hopefully all will be fine ..Thanks once again..


Posted by @mzcarla60, Jul 10, 2011

I have suffered with major depression for years and I have a son & daughter. The one thing I can say to you, because I don't receive enough of this from my daughter, is to listen to her, research all you can about depression, be supportive and understanding. If she isn't alreaqdy, she needs to be followed by a psychiatrist and a therapist. These have helped me tremendously.


Posted by @smhayd04, Jul 11, 2011

I'd like to add my 2 cents. I recently went through a rather short bout of anxiety and depression. The things that I found the most helpful were understanding and support from my family, and the care of a good psychologist. I was on medication ( a very small dose) for a short time (4 months) and have successfully weaned off the medicaiton (with physician supervision) and am doing much better. I can't stress enough how much I wish I had started seeing a therapist at the beginning of my depression instead of when things got too tough for me to handle. It would have saved me a lot of sadness. Good luck to you and your mom. It is beatable, and it will get better.


Posted by @meeta, Jul 17, 2011

Hi smhayd04, thanks a lot for sharing your your experience.By sharing and learning I get to know more and can help my mom.Wishing you all the best.There is a book (if you would like to read) by Louise.L.Hay "You can heal your life"..Its awesome..
Stay Blessed


Posted by @wilbt, Jul 19, 2011

Dear Meeta:
I too suffer from chronic depression. The cause of mine is endogenous, though - I am a survivor of a bleeding brain aneurysm, and i am unresponsive to all antidepressants available on the market, so I'll be this way the rest of my life. I assume your mom's depression is exogenous (of external, or psychological origins?) Whatever: read my blog [link below] about my aneurysm experience and my depression - how I feel my brain has adapted to a "different" level of feeling, eventually, so it's not as bad as it sounds. I hardly notice my own depressions.
If your mom's dysthymia IS long-lasting, like mine, I predict her brain, too, will adapt to its new way of feeling.

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