Persistent Depressive Disorder (also referred to as “dysthymia” or “PDD”) is a long-term (chronic) form of depression. Those who suffer from PDD easily lose interest in normal daily activities, lack productivity, have low self-esteem, feel hopeless, and carry an overall feeling of inadequacy. These feelings vary in severity, but last for years and often interfere significantly with work, relationships, education, and daily activities.
Because of the chronic nature of Persistent Depressive Disorder, you might be characterized as having a gloomy personality, complaining constantly or incapable of having fun. Coping with these depression symptoms can be extremely challenging, but there’s hope. A combination of psychotherapy and medication can be effective in treating this long-term disorder and Valley is here to help.
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What Are the Symptoms of Persistent Depressive Disorder?
The symptoms of Persistent Depressive Disorder usually come and go over a period of years, and their intensity over time can fluctuate. Typically, symptoms don’t disappear for more than two months at a time. In addition, major depression episodes may occur before or during Persistent Depressive Disorder —this is sometimes referred to as “double depression”.
Symptoms of PDD can cause significant impairment and may include:
How is Valley Treating Persistent Depressive Disorder?
Paying regular attention to your mental well-being is good and should be a normal part of healthy living. At Valley, we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health, which is why we take the time to care for each client individually and consider their broader story. Every client who walks through our doors is assessed holistically and cared for comprehensively within a solution-focused approach.
We offer a wide variety of counseling and counseling environments for a wide variety of clients:
Our individual counseling focuses in on each client and their unique story in order to discover the solutions that are right for them. After pairing our clients with the ideal therapist, we take the time to press into the cognitive, behavioral, and motivational aspects of our client’s recovery while also considering dual-diagnosis.
At Valley, we offer FDA approved psychiatric medication as part of our comprehensive treatment plan. Each medication program is prescribed by a trained medical professional (e.g., psychiatrist, nurse practitioner) within a broad scope of long-term care.
Research shows that counseling within a group setting is just as effective, sometimes even moreso, as individual care. At Valley, we are proud to provide robust and interactive interactive care groups led by trained clinicians. These empowering spaces have proven to be an invaluable resource for learning coping skills, feeling acceptance, and avoiding social isolation.
While every client needs to be individually motivated to seek treatment, one of the largest factors in successful treatment is a solid support system. Our family and couples counseling partners with immediate family, primary caregivers, adopted families, and support systems to get everyone on the same page in caring for their loved ones.
Incorporating complementary or alternative medicine is often referred to as an integrated approach and works best when used alongside professional treatment. Don’t replace conventional medical treatment or psychotherapy with alternative medicine.
With that said, here are some things proven to be helpful when dealing with Persistent Depressive Disorder:
Exercise is generally categorized as aerobic (running or walking), resistance (weight training), or mindfulness-based (yoga or tai chi). Exercise is known to improve cognitive mechanisms due to a diversion from negative thinking, social contact, and feelings of control over your health. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, gardening or another activity that you enjoy.
Getting a healthy amount of sleep is important for both your physical and mental well-being. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor about what they can do to help.
Stress complicates depression. Calming techniques can’t cure Persistent Depressive Disorder, but they may help you manage your symptoms and be a valuable part of your treatment plan. Several alternative treatments aim to reduce anxiety and stress. These treatments include:
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