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Dysthymia 101

Chronic depression (also known as persistent depression or dysthymia) is a mild form of depression that lasts for an extended period. When you learn to manage it, you can gain perspective and joy in your life.

Male Dysthymia

It’s normal to feel down every once in a while, but for people with male dysthymia, it’s a constant state of being. Because it has been a part of them for so long, they assume that feeling depressed is a part of life and their identity.

Compound these feelings with society’s expectations and media portrayals that we should always be happy, and dysthymia becomes even more confusing. We know we should be cheerful but can’t. Instead, we’re constantly irritable and pessimistic. Other people might refer to us as gloomy, downers or complainers.

The stress of knowing we’re supposed to behave one way, yet we feel another, can become unbearable and develop into a major depressive episode if left untreated. The good news is that chronic depression does not have to be a part of your identity or your life.

Persistent Depression Symptoms

Dysthymia is less severe than other types of depression, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less serious. It has similar but lower intensity symptoms and has been present for at least two years.

01 Physical

  • Tired, lack of energy
  • Trouble concentrating, making decisions
  • Decreased activity
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Sleep problems

02 Behavioural & Emotional

  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Emptiness or feeling down
  • Low self-esteem
  • Irritable or angry
  • Avoids social activities
  • Feelings of guilt

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Treating Dysthymia

Persistent depression happens to men more than you think, but it’s very treatable and most men recover from it. To help you manage dysthymia, we’ll first investigate its root cause, which might be due to family history, trauma, brain structure, medical conditions, stressful events or drug use. Then using a combination of counselling and coaching, we’ll work together to diagnose your issue and move forward with a set of tools that you can take away and implement in the real world to enjoy life for the long-term.

75 %

75 percent of people with dysthymia will also experience a major depressive episode.

- National Alliance on Mental Illness

265 M

265 million people around the world have depression

- World Health Organization

30.6 %

30.6 percent of men have suffered from a period of depression in their lifetime.

- American Psychological Association

80-90 %

80 to 90 percent of people who seek help for depression are treated successfully.

- TADS Study

Taking Action

I just needed a practical way of working through the problem. I didn’t want to be on the couch. I wanted to take action.

Andy, 48

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It’s a refreshing way of looking at myself. I’ve tried counselling before, but this is more honest. More objective. More real.

Kevin, 36

Making Progress

I still have a way to go, but I feel like I understand what’s getting in my way better. I haven’t been able to get that from talking before.

Xander, 32

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