Dating someone with chronic depression
It has been suggested that the best way to prevent double depression is by treating the dysthymia.
A combination of antidepressants and cognitive therapies can be helpful in preventing major depressive symptoms from occurring.
This new condition includes both chronic major depressive disorder and the previous dysthymic disorder.
The reason for this change is that there was no evidence for meaningful differences between these two conditions.
Additionally, dysthymia often occurs at the same time as other psychological disorders, which adds a level of complexity in determining the presence of dysthymia, particularly because there is often an overlap in the symptoms of disorders.
There is a high incidence of comorbid illness in those with dysthymia.
Patients with double depression tend to report significantly higher levels of hopelessness than is normal.As dysthymia is a chronic disorder, sufferers may experience symptoms for many years before it is diagnosed, if diagnosis occurs at all.As a result, they may believe that depression is a part of their character, so they may not even discuss their symptoms with doctors, family members or friends.Additionally, exercise and good sleep hygiene (e.g., improving sleep patterns) are thought to have an additive effect on treating dysthymic symptoms and preventing them from worsening.There is evidence that there may be neurological indicators of early onset dysthymia.
However, there are some indications that there is a genetic predisposition to dysthymia: "The rate of depression in the families of people with dysthymia is as high as fifty percent for the early-onset form of the disorder".