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Dysthymic Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Disthymic Disorder Research, Dysthymia Research, Depression Research, Neurotic Depression Research, Mood Disorder Research, Chronic Depression Research, Depression - Chronic Research, Persistent Depressive Disorder Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Dysthymic Disorder Related Research

A survey commissioned by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance found that doctors and patients often have poor communication about the symptoms and treatment of depressive disorders such as Dysthymic Disorder, including information about the side effects of medication and the need for routine follow-up visits. This can result in poor patient compliance with treatment. Another recent telephone survey found that of more than 800 adults with Dysthymic Disorder, only 20 percent had seen a mental health professional; only 25 percent had received medication and only one-third had received some kind of counseling, usually brief. Nearly half of people with Dysthymic Disorder have a symptom that also occurs in major depression: such as early onset of REM, the rapid eye movements that usually began later in the night.

Also, Neuroendocrine studies show that patients with Dysthymic Disorder are less likely to have abnormal results of a dexamethasone suppression test (DST) than in patients with major depressive disorder. The dexamethasone suppression test checks to see how taking a corticosteroid medicine (called dexamethasone) changes the levels of the hormone cortisol in the blood. This test checks for a condition in which large amounts of cortisol are produced by the adrenal glands. After taking a dose of dexamethasone, cortisol levels often stay abnormally high in people who have Cushing's syndrome. Occasionally other conditions (such as major depression, alcoholism, stress, obesity, kidney failure, pregnancy, or uncontrolled diabetes) can keep cortisol levels from going down after taking a dose of dexamethasone.

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