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Double Depression

Double Depression: Introduction

Double Depression: Some people have a chronic but less severe form of depression, called dysthymic disorder, which is diagnosed when depressed mood persists ... more about Double Depression.

Double Depression: Double depression occurs when someone with dysthymia experiences an episode of major depression. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Double Depression is available below.

Symptoms of Double Depression

  • Hopelessness, a hallmark of depression, tends to be even worse in double depression.
  • Persistent sadness, pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, low self esteem
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, including sex
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
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Treatments for Double Depression

  • A strong social support system
  • Change of diet or increase the amount of sunlight
  • Antidepressants
  • Counseling sessions
  • Treatment for double depression is virtually the same as that for major depression. However, because people with double depression have often not been treated for their dysthymia, the goal of treatment is to get the person to feel better than she did before the episode of major depression. Medications are almost always needed. Psychotherapy of some type (e.g., cognitive, behavioral) is also essential in treating double depression
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Double Depression: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Double Depression

Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present in a variety of different severities. Diseases more »

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Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease, more »

Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor, which more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed more »

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients with more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be overlooked. See misdiagnosis of depression or more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders) more »

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Article Excerpts about Double Depression

Some people have a chronic but less severe form of depression, called dysthymic disorder, which is diagnosed when depressed mood persists for at least 2 years (1 year in children) and is accompanied by at least 2 other symptoms of depression. Many people with dysthymia develop major depressive episodes. (Source: excerpt from The Invisible Disease Depression: NIMH)

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  1. Double Depression: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications

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