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Dysthymia


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Dysthymia: is a mood disorder that falls within the depression spectrum. It is considered a chronic depression, but with less severity than a major depression.

 

I was diagnosed with this disorder in 2006, 22 years after my stroke. Apparantly I had been suffering from dysthymia ever since my stroke in 1984. At the time of my stroke I saw a psychologist at the rehab hospital. Shouldn't she have seen I was suffering from depression. I think she was more worried about my family. Poor them, what was I thinking, having a stroke and they had to look afterme. How unfeeling of me. I did not realize I was suffering from depression, I was too busy making my family's life miserable, rather I was keeping everything inside and because I didn't cry I thought I was being strong, so I never thought I was depressed. In 2001 when I had a burnout and had to retire on a sisability pension, nobody ever attributed my illness to the stroke almost 20 years before. I saw a psychologist again in 2006 because of my attention deficit, short term memory problems and depression. He was the one who diagnosed me with dysthymia, no wonder I had a major burnout, I had been dysthymic (depressed)since my stroke in '84.

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hey Marie:

 

reading your blog I realized that it was good when I got treated for my depression right after my stroke. I was broken into pieces after my stroke though after being on my happy pills for few years I decided to wean myself off them and doingpretty good though every day I feel like making choice to be happy or unhappy in my state.

 

Asha

 

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Marie,

Sorry to hear you suffered undiagnosed for so many years. I'm glad you are feeling better now and hope things continue to look up. I'm sure they will now that you have finally been accurately dianosed and it is being addressed.

Love,

Maria :friends:

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hey Marie:

 

reading your blog I realized that it was good when I got treated for my depression right after my stroke. I was broken into pieces after my stroke though after being on my happy pills for few years I decided to wean myself off them and doingpretty good though every day I feel like making choice to be happy or unhappy in my state.

 

Asha

Thank you for your comment Asha. You are right, that is also my decision to be happy everyday, at least if you can't be happy everyday you can at least choose not to make others miserable with your mood. Especially with Dystymia, you have days when you are not happy(feeling a bit down) but it doesn't have to show.
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Marie,

Sorry to hear you suffered undiagnosed for so many years. I'm glad you are feeling better now and hope things continue to look up. I'm sure they will now that you have finally been accurately dianosed and it is being addressed.

Love,

Maria :friends:

Thank you for your comment. Yes it has and still is being addressed. Funny to say but thanks to my burnout, I got the help I needed.
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