Dysthymia in Conjunction With Addiction

Conditions like dysthymia often co-occur with substance abuse; Treatment at New Method Wellness provides a secure, tranquil environment from which patients and clinicians can work toward the goal of getting free from addiction and other debilitating symptoms to find healthy tools to balance and maintain a functional lifestyle.

What is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is a more mild, longer lasting form of depression that is often compared to a low level general dissatisfaction with life; Dysthymia often lasts for years as it goes undiagnosed and untreated. It is not known what causes dysthymia but it is known that it tends to run in families and be more prevalent in women than in men. It is believed that approximately 5% of the general population suffers from dysthymia.

Some symptoms of dysthymia include poor concentration, insomnia or hypersomnia, eating disorders, low self esteem, low energy or fatigues, physical aches and pains, feelings of hopelessness, apathy and pessimism.

Treatment of dysthymia in conjunction with addiction at New Method Wellness entails a comprehensive, holistic approach and, as with all dual diagnostic conditions, each patient will work closely with their clinician and staff psychiatrist to outline the best treatment plan for them as an individual. As always, the best therapeutic approach will be taken to suit the patient’s lifestyle and health considerations, severity of the disorder and other co-occurring conditions.