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I've been depressed as long as I can remember. I recently learned it's called Dysthymia. But for 7 years I have been taking medications and seeing therapists. Earlier this year, I attempted suicide and almost succeeded. I've been trying so hard to fight this because people think I'm smart and that I could do a lot with my life. It is so hard every day though. Nothing seems to make the pain go away. I'm thinking of buying a gun now that I'm 18 and trying again at suicide. What do I do to make it better?
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replied August 26th, 2008
Dysthymia treament not working
i also struggle with same ilness. also serious attempts at suicide.hang in there.i am medication resistant but vigorous exercise every day has produced results that i can feel immediately after excercise idont feel nearly as down.also have you tried eliminating all refined sugars from your diet.i read that it helped almost everyone with depression and even improves mood in non depressed people.that and exercised(running)helps me.alsoget a pet .it will look up to you andgive you something to take care of.i hope that this was helpful
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replied September 5th, 2008
Dysthymia
Dear kali_demidarkness,

My name is Becky and I am 21 in January. I have had Dysthymia since I was 11 too. However, I wasn't diagnosed until after I turned 18. They* (the medical staff) said that was because they don't like to diagnose minors with mental disorders (incase it's just hormones)...Biggest load of horse dung I had ever heard of in my life because if they had of just bitten the bullet when I attempted suicide and looked into my problem they could have started treating me a lot better and my teen years perhaps wouldn't have been such a struggle to get through.

Anyway, there isn't any one miracle cure that helps everyone with dysthymia or makes it never rear its ugly head again otherwise there would be no such thing. However, I can tell you about the things that have helped me along side my meds.

Just like Ricart said, exercise is a great thing to use, even boxing is great. It gets your heart pumping and releases endorphins and it's a great way to get rid of any anger or other "crappy" feelings inside. I find it to be a great release. Another good thing Ricart mentioned was getting a pet.

If you have another being outside of yourself to keep your attention you don't think so much about yourself or your problems and focus on negative things. If you like animals then that's a great suggestion, choose something low maintenance though and something that will bring happiness and pleasure to your life. I have two cats, Heidi & Bree. Dogs are great too because you can walk them and play fetch and stuff!!!

Also, I know it sounds corny and so "over-used" but if you can change the way you think ie. from "glass half empty to glass half full", that is sooooo unbelievably helpfull. If you wake up in the morning and say that you are going to have a terrible day, you will. Instead when you wake up think aboout how great the day ahead is going to be. If something goes wrong, find the bright side or the funny side. Humour is a wonderful thing. I know that where other people would stub their toe and swear about it for a few seconds then put a bandaid in it and keep going, my whole world would melt down and it was the very end of everything as I knew it. (not to mention for those around me aswell.) Now instaed of rolling oveer and admitting defeat when something doesn't go my way, i have adopted the attitude where I will laugh about it or ofcourse- "Payback is a B****" and I make a little promise to myself that I will fix the situation and win!

Music is therapeutic too. If your into music or writing, they are great ways to relax. Writing you can physically get your feeling out of your self and discard them. It makes me feel great.

You just have to keep working on it, but look at it this way...At least you'll never get bored! (Just me finding the bright side)

You will be fine and do hang in there. What is one truly amazing thing that has happened in your life since you last thought about committing suicide? I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl three months ago and a year ago married my soulmate. I think to myself everyday, that I am so lucky to still be here among the living. If I had of taken my life one of those times I wanted to or succeeded the time I tried to I would have missed out on some truly amazing things in my life.

One day, if you hang in there long enough, you will find your "calling" too. I am here to be the best Mum I can be to my little girl. I now feel I have a purpose and I don't want to look back.

Power on, keep your chin up and always remember to hang in there for just one more day because tomorrow could be the day your life turns around for the better.

Peace out.

Becky Very Happy
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replied June 27th, 2010
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i have the same problem..i began to seek treatment from my psychiatrist 2 years ago when a doctor diagnosed that i'm overly depressed. i never really told anyone except my mom and my dad. they seems not really understand it at all. i make myself relieved by locking myself alone in my room doing unnecessary things all over the internet. i skipped my medications a lot. sometimes i feel like i don't have any purpose to live anymore. and i hate my doctor because he didn't really help to relieve my pain. he didn't tell me who's the real me. and i don't recognized myself. i try to attempt sitting near windows in high places but my friend whom my mom told her, rescued me. i don't have permission to touch any sharp things. just one thing in my mind, when it's going to over??
taking medications just weakened me. and not taking it make me feels more useless. life isn't working anymore.
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replied June 22nd, 2011
hang in there lol
I thought it was funny when she said "hang in there" to someone who is suicidal. But on a serious note if you happen to be reading this and you have dysthymia; you are not the only one who lives everyday sad, and wishing for death. Im still looking for the cure same as you, but its nice to know we are not alone. Im not big on "internet advise" but I read these peoples stories and in a weird way I feel comforted. Btw if we are looking for quick fixes, have tons of sex! Wont cure you, but its a great alternative to drugs or cutting yourself or whatever lol. One more thing, Im actually a pretty famous person and I can promise you that no amount of success or failure will help or hurt your chances of beating dysthymia. Its all about wanting to feel better and doing something about it. ttyl Wink
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replied July 16th, 2011
Dysthymia and Sucidal Thoughts
Wow, I got the answer for my question here. I too sufer from DD and was wondering why continous sucidal thoughts are not listed in DSM IV. looks like others also have same problem. I do not know the solution for this, but I think I am just having Sucidal thoughts I am never going to execute it. I lake motivation, happiness etc and lake motivation to do sucide too as too take any preventive steps mensions by others here.

I am 57 married man, and I know I am sad and unmotivated as long as I remember for my life, I think I am very inteligent and have accomplice a lot in my life but never enjoyed any of my accomplicements and very shy about every thing.
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replied April 15th, 2012
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I just got told today that i have dysthymia!! 29years old and ive always thought i had some sort of depression but then nah thought maybe it was all in my head... until today! A little shocked but can quite believe i do since i have had my grandma raise me and she was always was depressed and then losing so many ppl in my life and then being in a abusive relationship for 3 years and then turning to liqour!!!

I am sooo struggling with puttin in a 5year goal... So many years i have never been able to stick to anything, have goals etc!! Ooo man this is gonna be hard!! BUT i can dooze this lol!! Wow your famous aye!! Exciting!!
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replied August 1st, 2011
Honestly, I'm a mental health professional who suffers from Dysthymic Disorder and only in past years embraced it. For mild depressions like ours, antidepressants were found to be ineffective (for chronic MILD depressions ONLY). Really, it's lifestyle changes, good CBT, and changing pervasive thought processes that's been found most successful. Funny, folks with dysthymia tend to crave excessive carbs, yet carbs in excess cause depression? Cyclical anyone? Very Happy

Everyone's mileage varies, but I recently stopped meds several months ago and know I feel no difference. Consult with your providers either way.
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replied August 1st, 2011
Non of the thing you mentioned here are available to me here. Fluanxol 0.5mg gives better results but not a cure. Any suggestions? I had been doing yoga and self Hypno .. helps me to deal with Anxiety. I think very few people come forward with Dysthymia and actual number could be as high as 40-70% of population with variable degree of intencity.
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replied September 21st, 2011
dysthymia, depression, chronic depression
Hello everyone I'm 51 and have had dysthymia since childhood. Having a look at pictures of myself over the years, from childhood up, you can see a veil hanging over my eyes....something was definitely wrong but it took ages to find exactly what it was, combined with social phobia, a stutter and what else..? that's enough I think. Tried everything, all sort of anti-depressants..etc, including something called Sudarshan Kryia, a yogic breathing exercise, if I'm disciplined enough and do it every day it definitely helps.
Im having an assessment soon by some psych specialists, hope that brings a ray of sunshine. Its good to know I'm not alone....chin up guys, hang in there.
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replied March 9th, 2012
When does living with dysthymia get better?
I have been diagnosed with dysthymia for over ten years now. I can go for weeks sometimes months feeling pretty normal but then little by little the depression creeps back in again and it seems like I cant shake it no matter how hard I try. No one understnads, everyone wonders why Im so miserable, dont smile, negative. I wish I had more supportive people in my everyday life I could talk to that I didnt feel like a burden or a downer to. I have no job, no health insurance and cannot afford to see a doctor. I have tried numerous meds that have left me feeling more zombielike than alive. One doctor recommended a combination of vitamins to take when I was initially diagnosed but being broke I cant even afford to buy them. All I want is someone qualified to talk to who understands and can help but I have no one. Everyday I ask myself when does it get better, when? I am just tired of fighting, so tired.
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