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Hi all [Feb. 28th, 2010|05:01 pm]
dysthymics

dysthymics

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I like this idea for this community and would like to participate but right now I'm sorta tired and sorta needing to do stuff, and sorta. . . you know, unmotivated, part of the territory and all. anyone ever wonder how important a diagnosis of dysthymia is, whether it's learned or you're born with it, what good it is to diagnose something that has no definitive treatment? How many people have a co-morbidity with another disorder, like me with social anxiety? Is anyone worried about the DSM V because it might take dysthymia out of the mood disorders because that would mean just being a sad sap again? Or am I just completely out there?
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[User Picture]From: bastet11191967
2010-03-01 06:04 pm (UTC)
Before I was officially diagnosed with dysthymia, along with GAD, I simply thought that being chronically depressed was a permanent part of my personality. I suppose it can be if left untreated for too long. I was not officially diagnosed with social anxiety, but it along with avoidancy, was alluded to by my former therapists and psychiatrist, so I did do some reading on my own and found there were some definite matches that correlated to my own struggles as to why I felt like dealing with the social aspect was much harder for me. I think this condition is like diabetes: it cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed so that one has a better quality of life. As for the proposed revisions to the DSM V, I read a little bit about it, but really have not given it too much thought.
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