I Have Dysthymia

Dysthymia is a type of depression. This group is mainly for people who are suffering either from dysthymia or any other kind of depression. Feel free to comment or write about your experiences. 210 People

    Do I?

    I'm 16 year old girl and I started to feel that something was maybe...off about me about a year ago but looking back I may have had a problem for around 5 years or so. I don't know how to describe what I feel because I don't feel like I have normal emotions to other people, I...
    EmilyMoon EmilyMoon
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 7, 2013

    (Or at least I think I might have it) I haven't

    been officially diagnosed, mainly because I'm too cheap to pay for therapy. I'm a psychology graduate and am familiar with the symptoms, which is how I kind of self-diagnosed it. I basically have at least half of the symptoms listed in the DSM's criteria, but I think my case...
    jocosus jocosus
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 15, 2015


    I have been depressed since my teenage years and was finally diagnosed with Dysthymia a few years ago. I am the single mother of 2 boys with a full-time job. If it weren't for therapy and meds I would still be spending my life asleep with an occasional burst of energy. I hit rock...
    beautifulenemy beautifulenemy
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 26, 2012

    Im Nothing But Empty

    I’ve been reading a lot about Dysthymia. Everything about it seems to fit me. It’s where I feel I belong. I’m afraid I can’t feel much of anything, other than “blah, grey nothing,” emptiness, flat, stagnant…or and i think i may have fallen into a double depression...
    diana1987 diana1987
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 22, 2011

    It's taken over my life.

    I have no hope or dreams anymore. I know that there is no hope. No one understands me and medicine doesn't help. It's easier now that i have come to the conclusion that there is no hope.
    Greenyugi Greenyugi
    18-21, M
    May 29, 2015

    What Is Your Day Like?

    I just want to find people who feel similar to myself. What's your day like with Dysthymia?
    aminniemouse aminniemouse
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Sep 22, 2013

    Sadly I was diagnosed with it a

    while back which is why I have been away
    IzumiSK12 IzumiSK12
    16-17, M
    Sep 20, 2015

    To all who have dysthymia n feel a bit lost

    please purchase this book it's amazing x
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Dec 14, 2015

    I've been afflicted with low grade depression

    (dysthymia) as long as I can remember, and I'm in my 70s now. It makes every single day a struggle to get through. People don't understand it, believe it, or take it seriously, even though it is so destructive to one's quality of life. I take meds for depression, mood...
    marrude marrude
    70+, F
    1 Response Jul 22, 2015

    My Secret

    I never let anybody know the real me, and I think that is because I don't even know me. I can't ever remember not feeling like something was wrong. I struggle with dysthymia, mild social phobia, and anxiety. I know the causes of why I am this way, but I don't think i'm ready to...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 7, 2013

    Do You Feel This Way?

    I can't get out of bed in the morning. I'm sleeping 12 hours a day sometimes. I feel that every emotion is empty. I throw up uncontrollably when my stress gets to high. I feel like I have a literal weight on my shoulders. I have a hard time even crying and actually fully...
    aminniemouse aminniemouse
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 21, 2013

    A Lifetime Of Joylessness

    I didn't realize I had dysthymia until recently. I've been plagued with unhappiness and anxiety all my life but everyone just told me to buck up or laughed at me. I could function, sometimes I'd even function quite well in terms of doing well at school, but I would have bouts...
    Lynn1967 Lynn1967
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Jun 7, 2013

    I have dysthymia and major depressive disorder.

    My family dosent understand because they don't have it. I just joined this site today. what im hoping is to make friends who are sufferering from the same disorders as I am. If you would like to talk send me a message. thanks
    loverofdoxies loverofdoxies
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2014

    Do I Have Dysthymia?

    Hello, my name is John, I'm 17 and I'm in college. I think I have Dysthymia. Ill start from the beginning, I moved from Hereford to North Yorkshire when I was 11, I left all my friends and was put in a the first year of high school. I was bullied for about 2 years and then it...
    JohnL613 JohnL613
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 26, 2013

    The 1st Step

    As I explained in my other story, I'm really depressed. Because I'm sick of feeling like this I took the first step and saw my GP about it today. She was very understanding and concerned about everything I said. She suggested medication and councilling. She was hesitant about...
    JohnL613 JohnL613
    18-21, M
    1 Response Feb 1, 2013

    Can It Be Beaten Without Medicine?

    im messed up. everything here has been pretty accurate- represents how i feel. question is, can it be beaten without medicine? im not going to take medicine. for me its cheating, i need to know if anyone has beaten this head on. if so, how?
    mostafah mostafah
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Apr 20, 2013

    I just found out I have this today

    and I'm so happy I finally have a name for it so I can give it its own life and make it stop taking over mine.
    pacificant pacificant
    18-21, F
    Nov 3, 2015

    Going to a therapist

    for the first time on September tenth. Hope it goes well.
    kimmykins kimmykins
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 26, 2014

    I Have Dysthymia

    Hi everyone, I'm 20 yr old and I'm a Deaf female. Im very nice, sweet, laid-back young lady and I have dysthymia. Its been like this for a long time since I was a little girl around 5-7 yr old, it is very hard to overcome it even if people would say "you can do it, its easy to...
    deleted deleted
    Jan 12, 2011

    I didn't really know at

    that time. I just thought I was a person who preferred the comforts of one's presence over others and that I was just really shy. But after checking for professional help, This was what I got. Dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh) is a mild but long-term (chronic) form of depression ( in...
    NicoBunny6 NicoBunny6
    18-21, F
    Sep 24, 2014

    Hi. I have dysthymia

    and so do you so i see!
    deleted deleted
    Dec 8, 2015

    18/12/2015, 07:53:56: S Casson: This is a poem

    i have just wrote called..... MOTIVATION TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH YOUR DAY Here's some motivation to help you get through your day; listen to each word I speak; listen to what I say I know you may be encountering negative thoughts inside your head; but trust me thing's will...
    deleted deleted
    Dec 18, 2015

    I Have Disthymia

    First I was told that I had depression, then a personality disorder and now Disthymia. I really dont like that name. I feel really unmotivated and feel that there is no future for me. I am 29 and want to be married and have children but I dont think that I can do these things...
    rachelhouse rachelhouse
    6 Responses May 19, 2011

    Can people who have this ever get better?

    I've been reading about it a lot and the most common answer from people who have it is: NO. Now I really feel like I'll never be happy. I feel like my life has no point. I'm in an endless grey fog with grey tinted glasses on my head forever~
    SadKittenOnLine SadKittenOnLine
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 29, 2014

    I went to a therapist

    for the first time today. Im 27 and thought i had depression and anxiety, turns out i have dysthymia and anxiety. I only told my fiance and sister and they teased me all afternoon. Whenever i got upset about something they would whisper dysthymia. Irritability is a symptom. I...
    kimmykins kimmykins
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jun 5, 2014

    Newly Diagnosed.

    I am no stranger to mental conditions. I have been medicated for ADD and anxiety since elementary school, and battled a major depressive episode my sophomore year of high school. It should have been no surprise to me when my therapist told me, about a week ago: "What you're...
    forevermore forevermore
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 28, 2009

    I've been depressed for

    as long as I can remember. In fact, I don't even recall a time to where I was truly happy. I come from a decent home, no real issues, but I'm not happy. Everyday I wake up as if a dark cloud is hovering over me. I'm always down, irritated and upset. The smallest criticisms send...
    sirraha sirraha
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 24, 2014

    I'm always tired and struggle with decision

    making. It sucks and I've probably had it for a while. I hate to think how much it's probably stunted me socially and academically.
    DemonicallyPossessed DemonicallyPossessed
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 28, 2013

    How Am I Supposed To Make A Marriage Work?

    Well I guess it all started for me - with what is actually one of my earliest memories. My Parents fighting over who should have custody of me after they had decided to divorce. I guess as I five year old it seemed much more dramatic to me than it actually was. Looking back at...
    avierose avierose
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Jul 30, 2013

    One More Breath

    The journey through depression is a difficult one. I have been depressed for what seems like most of my life, and while for the most part I have not let it get on top of me there have been times when it has started to overwhelm me so that as recently as four or five weeks ago I...
    CuteSexyBo CuteSexyBo
    36-40, M
    May 14, 2013

    Does this ever go away

    or get better? I was diagnosed in February and now I'm 19 and still go to a therapist...well as of late I've been seeing a psychotherapist. I have dysthymia and anxiety and Ive had a two anxiety attacks (one at home one at church); but now I'm thinking Ive had anxiety since late...
    bisexual95 bisexual95
    22-25, F
    Sep 20, 2014

    its a form of depression.

    it never goes away and at times i have extreme severe severe depression for months or yrs at a time. then i go back to just plain depression. constantly going back and forth.
    SadisticPsychoBitch SadisticPsychoBitch
    31-35, F
    Mar 15, 2014

    (I haven't gotten it clinically proven

    but I am very sure that I have it (99.9% sure) judging my own experience from others.) I'm 13/Female and I have dysthymia, I guess the way i would describe it is this: It is on and off (more often than not) and comes at random (unlike depression its not triggered by anything) I...
    Fernblaze101 Fernblaze101
    1 Response Jul 27, 2015

    Now It Has A Name

    I have been challenged by feelings of low self esteem, self-imposed social isolation, low productivity, lack of enthusiasm, and general malaise for several years. I've burned out from taking on too much work and now am working to stop the downward spiral. On line research and a...
    CharlieTheBeagle CharlieTheBeagle
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Oct 6, 2010

    I was diagnosed last year with dysthymia ,

    and my current therapist isn't helping me. I'm worried about it ,and I can't find a good therapist in my area. I don't know what to do. If you have any advice I would really appreciate it.
    Violet12333 Violet12333
    16-17, F
    Nov 17, 2015

    Warts And All

    At 6, I was told to keep quiet At 10, I was told I was fat At 12, I was told I would never have friends At 13, I was kicked to the ground and told I was a dirty ***** At 15, I was told no matter how much make up I would wear, I would still be ugly At 17, I couldn't take it any...
    birduncaged birduncaged
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 29, 2012

    Dysthymic For The Last 10 Years

    I've always had a difficult life, since the beginning. I always knew I was kinda different than the majority of people, but quite frankly, I didn't want to be that way. Since I started school at the age of 5, for 8 consecutive years I've been bullied by people at school and at...
    MrC88 MrC88
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Sep 3, 2012

    I cannot keep holding onto nothing.

    I've never been happy, content, ambitious, mature, anything. I am nothing. I am selfish. I am ******* mad. The world hates me and I have only given hatred and sad times to those who I love. I annoy all my friends and people who I know. I finally learned how to be my self this...
    Dani133 Dani133
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 14, 2014

    It Isn't Mild

    I've been diagnosed with Dysthymia. Recently I've gotten curious as to whether all the therapy, medication, and "positive thinking" that I've been trying to do is worth it so I did a little research. Whenever I find a site that describes dysthymia it is called a "mild" form of...
    mustnttelllies mustnttelllies
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Oct 18, 2012

    Didn't Know What I Felt Wasn't Normal

    Hi everyone, I am a 54 year old mom of 3 grown kids. Divorced after 22 years of marriage (not by my choice). I never realized until recently that how I felt emotionally on a daily basis was not the norm!! I thought everyone had the same kinds of thought patterns that I have...
    jmo816 jmo816
    3 Responses Apr 22, 2010

    It kinda sucks... but medication

    and therapy has helped... as well as having a loving and understanding partner.
    utahwriter utahwriter
    41-45, M
    Apr 21, 2014

    Ive Never Felt... Happy Or Content.

    I’ve been reading a lot about Dysthymia. Everything about it seems to fit me. It’s where I feel I belong. I’m afraid I can’t feel much of anything, other than “blah, grey nothing,” emptiness, flat, stagnant…or and i think i may have fallen into a double depression...
    diana1987 diana1987
    22-25, F
    10 Responses Sep 22, 2011

    How do you find a happy?

    What is a happy? People say get a hobby it makes you happy.yes I have this disorder I think but I am self diagnosing myself people think I have bipolar and my doctor does too it is stupid because I do not have bipolar I never have mean yeah I am never hot happy I wish I was that...
    char3249 char3249
    22-25, F
    Sep 21, 2014

    [Context: Most likely caused by the death of my

    mother when I was three and an authoritarian and emotionally unavailable father] it went undetected because it isn't THAT bad, as most dysthymics will tell you, things are just very rarely great. I've dealt with a lot of meaningless sadness, if you really want to get a feel for...
    fgallegos3 fgallegos3
    26-30, M
    May 1, 2015

    I'll explain myself. First of all,

    I experience "Difficulty in Focusing" so it's hard for me to do even the simplest things like typing, putting my clothes on ( sometimes takes hours) So when I type I make it really fast so I don't notice if something's wrong, if I missed a word, misspelled , or check my grammar...
    CallMeBuddy CallMeBuddy
    16-17, M
    Nov 15, 2015

    I have been depressed

    for about 8-10 years (since I was REALLY young, like 9) and I was told today that I have dysthymia. I feel like I'll never be happy. I resent happy people. I don't even understand how people can be happy. I also hate myself a lot. I don't understand why anyone would want to be...
    SadKittenOnLine SadKittenOnLine
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Jan 28, 2014

    I haven't been diagnosed,

    but once I read up on it and saw the symptoms I began thinking I might? Not saying I do... I just don't have the freedom to go to a therapist and get a diagnosis... Ever since I was young I had an empty feeling in my chest and it hurt to smile. Both of my sisters and my mother...
    MewIsNicos MewIsNicos
    16-17, F
    1 Response Oct 4, 2015
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