Differential Diagnosis of Dysthymic Disorder

Destroy Depression

Herbal Treatments for Depression

Get Instant Access

A. Major Depressive Disorder. Dysthymia leads to chronic less severe depressive symptoms compared to Major Depression which usually has one of more discrete episodes.

B. Substance-Induced Mood Disorder. Alcohol, benzodiazepines and other sedative-hypnotics can mimic dysthymia symptoms, as can chronic use of amphetamines or cocaine. Anabolic steroids, oral contraceptives, methyldopa, beta adrenergic blockers and isotretinoin (Accutane) have also been linked to depressive symptoms. Rule out with careful history of drugs of abuse and medications.

C. Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition. Depressive symptoms consistent with dysthymia occur in a variety of medical conditions. These disorders include: stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, vitamin B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, pancreatic carcinoma, HIV and others. Rule out with history, physical exam and labs as indicated.

D. Psychotic Disorders. Depressive symptoms are common in chronic psychotic disorders and dysthymia should not be diagnosed if symptoms occur only during psychosis, including residual phases.

E. Personality Disorders. Personality disorders frequently coexist with dysthymic disorder.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Defeat Depression

Defeat Depression

Learning About How To Defeat Depression Can Have Amazing Benefits For Your Life And Success! Discover ways to cope with depression and melancholic tendencies! Depression and anxiety particularly have become so prevalent that it’s exceedingly common for individuals to be taking medication for one or even both of these mood disorders.

Get My Free Ebook


Responses

  • albert
    What are the differentials of dysthymic?
    3 months ago

Post a comment