Persistent Depressive Disorder Facts VS Myths

Persistent Depressive Disorder Facts VS Myths

When it comes to discussing the different forms of depression, it can be a little confusing to understand exactly what each type is and how it’s addressed in therapy. In this blog, we’ll tackle some of the common myths associated with persistent depressive disorder, which is also simply referred to as PDD or dysthymia. You can always contact the Lansing Counseling team if you want to find out more.

Persistent Depressive Disorder & Major Depressive Disorder Are the Same Thing

Persistent depressive disorder and major depressive disorder are not exactly the same, but they do have some common symptoms and treatment options. The difference is in the severity and duration of symptoms. In most cases, PDD symptoms are milder than major depressive disorder symptoms, but they tend to be longer lasting. Because the symptoms are persistent and can last for weeks, months, or even years, the approach to addressing this condition is much different than major depressive disorder treatment options.

People with Persistent Depressive Disorder Are Never Happy

While persistent is in the name and PDD is considered a chronic condition, that doesn’t mean that individuals who struggle with this condition are never happy. Instead, people with PDD will experience many days with very few or no symptoms of depression present.

Persistent Depressive Disorder Is Usually Mild & Not Serious

Because the symptoms of PDD are mild, many people mistakenly believe that it’s not a serious condition and doesn’t require treatment. While PDD symptoms may not be as pronounced as symptoms of other forms of depression like major depressive disorder, this doesn’t necessarily mean the condition isn’t serious. In fact, persistent feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and helplessness related to PDD put people at higher-than-average risk for suicide and self-harm behaviors. It’s important to seek appropriate therapeutic resources to address the symptoms of PDD.

Persistent Depressive Disorder Is Easily Diagnosed

Because many of the symptoms associated with PDD mimic the effects of other conditions, it can be very difficult to diagnose this condition. It’s important that you clearly explain all of your symptoms, including their severity and duration, to your therapist. If you’re having trouble pinpointing your specific symptoms, consider the following list of common side effects:

  • Frequently depressed or low mood
  • Feeling irritable or having mood swings
  • Changes in diet (eating more or less than usual)
  • Changes in sleep (sleeping more or less than usual)
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, or lack of energy
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, or focusing on current tasks
  • Struggling to make decisions
  • Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness

Persistent Depressive Disorder Doesn’t Respond to Treatment

This is one of the most dangerous myths associated with PDD. People mistakenly believe that because PDD is a chronic condition, treatment won’t help. While there’s no single cure for PDD that works for everyone, there are many therapy approaches and medications that offer significant symptom relief and improve daily life for those who struggle with PDD.

Learn More About Therapy for Persistent Depressive Disorder

If you believe you’re struggling with PDD, the Lansing Counseling team is here to help. To get started, simply fill out our online scheduling form, call (517) 333-1499 or email [email protected] today.

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