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Didn't see any dysthymia awareness stamps. Probably because it's not as heard of as severe depression.

I have been diagnosed with dysthymia. It's a type of depression that is persistent and hard to treat. It's Eeyore's disorder, so my therapist said; it's characterized by a gloomy, aloof outlook and demeanor 24/7, and victims report rarely having any "good" days, because they keep getting dragged through the bog of depression.

It's like tromping through mud all the time, or a small anchor being around your neck.

Though normally a steady bad mood, it can climb into a major depressive episode and develop into severe depression.
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coolbreeze88 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Get over yourself wrist cutting emo.
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CoffinBunny Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
i've constantly felt like this for the past few years now, but have been having better days recently. i hope they stay that way, hope and love to all who suffer with such relentless melancholy like dysthymia!
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shinneth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've had this diagnosis for about 7 years now. It really is quite the beast and part of me thinks, in the case of women like me, hormonal issues enhance the negative feelings greatly, almost to the breaking point. For example, this week alone I've spent all my free time in bed, usually staring into space and having that vague feeling of wanting to do something fun, but then negative thoughts end up making me think it's pointless to even try and just like that, I've wasted my entire weekend. While I'm glad I got the diagnosis (also had autism and ADHD diagnosed at the same time), I can never quite get over the fact that I was already 22 by that time and I've probably had most of my mental disorders affecting me for the majority of my life; usually I'm convinced my life, in school especially, wouldn't have been an unbearable slog to get through if I had known about these conditions back then and was treated for them. 

Dysthymia is a real bitch of a form of depression; it really bugs me when doctors have little to no reaction when they go over my medical history, most likely because they don't really know anything about it. I've been on buproprion for it for years, but maybe it's time to ask for an increase or something. I've been in a major negative funk this year in particular. It's honestly easier to just pretend it's not there during the times it doesn't have a choke-hold on my brain; the periods of reprieve just don't seem long enough. But thanks for making the stamp, at least. Looks like you've done well in at least making it more well-known.
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TodManie Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
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MockingJay1256 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making this stamp.. :) I feel a bit better now.... :3
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brownrachel1996 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for making a Dysthymia awareness stamp. Very little known type of Depression. I was recently diagnosed with Mild Depression (which I believe means "Dysthymia"). The thing that would bother me the most would be the lack of energy. The meds have been giving me some energy, but I still find it quite difficult to enjoy activities and to motivate myself. But honestly, most of the time, I just feel emotionless. I asked to switch to a different medication because I didn't think it was working good enough, but I've recently changed my mind, since I thought about all the good effects of the Effexor. It's easier to get up to take a shower, to be around my friends, to get energy, etc.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
Many antidepressants and antimanics can give you the effects you need, it may take a long time before you find the right one and you may even need a combination instead. I wouldn't say to just settle for the energy if you're still feeling depressed and vacant. Effexor makes me feel much more emotion and energy, so it can be doing more for you, but isn't, which means it's not right for you. Your happiness is important.
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Seppukrow Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
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nekofluffybutt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
You know I'm been question my depression too, it does go away but only for a little while and then it hits back and HARD. I looked up this disorder and it's really sucks. It's not severe, severe but because it's so hard to detect, I'm thinking in some cases it could be EVEN worse.

My mom says I make up a lot of my symptoms and is even TRYING to get my expelled out of college for my "mentally fragile mind", and get some "GOOD GOSPEL IN ME" because apparently my atheist(I don't think I'm atheist though, pardon if I get the term wrong, I haven't done much research on terms yet), so yeah.

I have a question though, what should I do to figure out what I have, or if I have anything faster? Since I know I've been weird since a young age but no one has been able to find anything. I get sick all the time but there is no physical explanation, or it just goes away. It's a mind-bend a lot since half the time I don't know if I make up every subconsciously for attention like everyone tells me I do, or if I'm right and I'm not normal(in a modern sense).
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Dametora Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I completely understand you. The key thing is to have a physician who you can trust and will take you seriously. I have had the exact problems you are describing: illness without reason, fatigue, weirdness, infrequent bouts of depression, disconnection with my own reality. I don't know how much of it I can contribute to dysthymia, after all it's been suggested to me I could have asperger's or a similar developmental disorder, but I know that I wouldn't have been able to get anything done about anything if it wasn't for getting a better doctor. So many doctors would just dismiss and discount me or not even look at me while I was talking to them, that I almost gave up on trying to have anything medical done for myself, and it may be why I have a hard time discerning how I really feel or if I'm just being dramatic, especially since even my own family ignores my issues. But, once I found my new physician, I had such extreme relief. She took me seriously, she examined me when I asked, she probed to make sure I was certain about the "I'm fine" issues and even checked me over just in case. She even listens to little problems I have, such as me saying I felt overweight and then she said it wasn't so at all, obviously that's not really much of a medical issue but she still bothered with it regardless. I let her give me my first breast exams and gyno exams, and she was so relievingly professional and yet easygoing about it. I have no fear of what she'll say whatsoever.

Anyway, the point is, you need to find a doctor you can be comfortable with who will actually listen to you. Depression, whether it's real depression or dysthymia, or simply you just feeling blue for a while, can affect your body's health and issues, and certain physicians can catch that, but only if you let on you might be depressed. You can die from being too sad, and I don't mean just suicide - you can actually have heart failure, for example, or you can be more severely susceptible to disease and infections because your immune system is weak.
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nekofluffybutt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for taking time to answer this. I kinda felt that since you probably got a lot of messages and notes(I have no idea but well I have that luck) that this would never get answered or the answer would be so trivial. But yes... I talked about it, and asked my consular and we went through the symptoms of clinical depression and I hit a lot of them. It was good and bad to just sit there afterwards and contemplate that I never had the case to feel and understand that I would never get the case to be normal. Bad that I know I am going to need 3 times as much help as the average college student, it hurts so much since it makes me feel so damn stupid sometimes. I've had my intelligence insulted by some tutors.

I'll get on it to figure out which doctor to go to.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
I usually respond to messages that at least look like they took some effort, unless I really don't have anything to say. Especially in regards to things such as these.

I don't know how the laws are exactly where you are, but if your tutors are insulting your intelligence, you should report them to their supervisors or superiors. Their job is not to insult you or take your abilities personally. Their job is to work with anyone and everyone and to be patient. For all they know, you could have an even more serious disorder, and insulting you doesn't do anything to teach you how to work with it. It's completely unprofessional of them and they need to be punished for it.

Depression makes it hard for people to concentrate and absorb information, let alone be enthusiastic and proactive about learning and doing their work. People lose interest easily and their health degrades, which makes them less focused on other things and more on how badly they feel. Sometimes it can even be so bad as to make the person appear dyslexic or to have ADD/ADHD. It's sad how few people understand this and help with this, but then, most people refuse to understand that a depressed person can't help being depressed. Everyone seems to accept that bipolar isn't a choice, that OCD can't be stopped, that autism can't be cured, but nobody wants to face the fact some people are just depressed for no reason and can't magically make themselves happy.
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nekofluffybutt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I know. I'm still glad you responded. Thanks! :)

I live in California and go to college in MSMC. And well these are student tutors, so I talked about it to the one in charge and he said that's since they are rather stressed and busy they forget about it sometimes. I personally don't want them to be punished but he advised me to voice out when they are offending me and change if I feel it's not getting through to them. I did felt like it was unprofessional since I really was trying to learn, especially a subject matter that I absolutely hate. Chemistry. It's hateful when you have no idea wtf you're doing.

I had no idea that depression could be that devastating. And here I was thinking that I was making up more than half of my illnesses. I've also from time to time have been told I might has aspergers. I really want to look into what I have now that you mention it's potent-qualities.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Depression, especially dysthymia, can almost be considered a disease, because your body is so heavily hinged on your mood, surprisingly. Even if you don't literally have depression, being depressed for a significant amount of time, like for example after the death of a close family member or friend, can really affect a person. But it's a silent disease, again especially dysthymia, because it webs out so intricately in your body and you don't even realize it's really hurting you until you're at a critical point. It was because of that I almost starved because my depression made me lose my appetite entirely, and I became severely underweight, before I actually noticed something was terribly wrong.

Another example, my usual therapist's friend had her job go under, and for months after that she almost starved too because everything tasted like cardboard to her. He (my therapist) said that our senses are actually strongly connected with our mood. Which is why you can taste, hear, smell, feel, and see differently in different strong moods such as anger and fear.
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nekofluffybutt Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah I dislike how my depression is my reminder that my mind has a lot of power over me, even if I try to not to think about it. I have a similar problem, I am nauseous everyday, ever hour of the day. Most of the time it's mild. Not much has been done about it, since the doctors have no idea what's wrong and I gave up on it.Though it never caused a lot of weight loss(or gain) since I usually eat something, even something trivial like a cookie. I like cookies. But now a day's I can barely eat half a sandwich without getting full. It wasn't because I didn't want to eat but because I felt like I was being stabbed in the stomach whether I ate or not. Didn't matter what the hell I ate. Even delicious cookies were tasting like cardboard from the pain and loss of taste. Sadly at the same time I was commuting from my college everyday about 6 hours out of my day.

I completely understand the whole eating cardboard thing. I actually like the taste of cardboard though. But yeah it's a terrible thing to see the food you loved before feel like you got it out of a garbage can. It even sucks more that even cardboard hurts to eat. Fear makes everything taste like sand and grit. I remember that. And watching people in fear makes other people do terrible things.
For example my mom, who thought it was OKAY to splash hydrogen peroxide and can sugar alcohol on my face, while I screamed and writhed in place, trying to make sure if didn't get in my eyes and mouth.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Your brain chemistry and body chemistry in general does affect a lot of your current thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and personality. It's not as bad a thing as people make it out to be. The people who try to tell depressed people to pull themselves out of it are perpetuating and acting upon this fear that we're not in control as much as we think we are. But it's fully true - there's several things we can't do, and probably several things we don't know we can too. There's nothing wrong with the mysteries of life, or trying to solve them, but there's definitely something wrong with trying to pretend they're not there or hiding from them and as a result hurting others. And so, the fact you don't have complete control isn't a bad thing, being aware of it shouldn't be so defeating either, it's just part of life, and it's a neat part of life if viewed from an objective view point. Or maybe the pantheist in me just makes it seem as such.
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purrrplcat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011
Wow. I believe you're correct. I've never seen a stamp (or anything else for that matter) on Dysthymia. Most people don't know what that is. Well, I have it too, along with a boatload of other mental DIS-eases. This one, however, (as you said) is a stickler who just does NOT like being *treated.* ARGH! It can be so frustrating (and depressing).
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SweetEpiphany Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a two month ago I was diagnosed with Dysthymia; for six years I was misdiagnosed with Chonic Depression but I'm please that I know the correct thing now. But I hope people like us who have the same thing will defeat this one and for all and get better. Thanks for making the stamp! :)
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Hai-Me Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
I like this band anyway !
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
There's a band called dysthymia?
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Hai-Me Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Yes. A really great band !
You can listen: [link]
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Owlflight-Stormskys Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student Artist
I was diagnosed with it a couple of months ago; my thapist discribed it as being the same as depression, but you can still move through the day and all that jazz.
Are you medicated for it? They gave me some anti-depression, but it doesn't work as well as it really should. I still feel like there's a large boulder at the end of my invisible shackles, you know?
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I understand how you feel. I'm on medication right now, yeah, but this is my third attempt at medicine. You may have to go through a few before you find the right stuff.
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Fluffah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure I may have this. :/ My depression is way too severe to be clinical depression. The way you described it is exactly how I feel all the time.
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Tired064 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hold on a minute. Your comment is confusing. What do you mean "too severe" to be clinical depression? Major Depression (also known as clinical depression) is severe. Dysthymia is either mild or moderate, though, the symptoms last longer in dysthymia. I don't think Dysthymia can be severe.
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funlakota Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
It depends on how you look at it. Dysthymia does tend to be milder most of the time, but it also tends to be harder to get into remission and traditionally it was regarded as a very chronic problem. That makes it a bit trickier to treat. :(

But there's one more thing a lot of people don't know about it. Dysthymia also has a tendency to cause or otherwise make people susceptible to major depressive episodes (aka major depression/clinical depression) as well, resulting in something called "double depression." So a person can have both at the same time!
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Tired064 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know about that.

And I actually would consider it more even now.

Major Depression has more symptoms, while Dysthymia symptoms are longer lasting.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
You should ask your doctor about it, then.
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Fluffah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I would if I could get an appointment with one D: /no insurance
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Dametora Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Ugh, that's shit. :C

Well I wish you the best of luck either way.
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Fluffah Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks c:
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ROXASxxAXELdroolz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Thank you for making this... <3 I have Dysthymia... And seeing that others have it to makes me feel so much better
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crazylacey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
I have dysthymia.i am taking pills and doing thearpy for it.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Good for you! Here's hopin'!
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crazylacey Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
yea.coolo
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xZackFairLoverx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
I'm so sorry, Dametora.....that has to suck. But you're an awesome person, even though you have this disorder ^^
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
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ilovekakashi28 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Great awareness stamp!! ^^ Many people don't realize that there are different kinds of depression and I love how you're bringing attention to dysthymia which in my experience is lesser known!

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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
:heart: Thanks!
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unBeautifulCreature Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I've been diagnosed with it as well. And mine developed into severe episodes of depression twice this far.
I hate it. I don't want to swallow pills for the rest of my life.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I know, me neither. That's why I'm going to therapy as well.
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ArtisticParanoia Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Eeyore disorder! Eeyore is cool.
But that really seems sucky. I have a similar outlook, I suppose, but I've not been diagnosed with it.
But since the last time I went to a therapist was about five years ago, god knows what I have and haven't been diagnosed with.
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blind-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you too? me too.. :( shitty thing is that it lasts lifetime..
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Yeah. :/
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Senelfy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this stamp :heart:
Many people don't realize that this disease can and DOES ruin lives..
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ChickenSushi13 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for making this.
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
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xPine Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew about this... so this is not as severe as "depression" or modern day "depression" which is more severe than this condition? Thing is, isn't that pretty much a huge part of "depression"? So what's the difference of this and being depressed?

/too many confusing questions
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Dametora Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Being gloomy all day is a characteristic of all depressive disorders, however with dysthymia that's pretty much where the line is drawn. Major depressive disorder is characterized by severe apathy and overall sadness which can be crippling to a person. Though this is not constant, it happens frequently, whereas with dysthymic people it has to build up over a long period of time, or it won't happen at all.

For example, my uncle has depression, and there are times he actually can't get out of bed because it's so severe.

Also, because dysthymia is so low and steady, it's typically harder to treat with medication than major depression.

Here's some more info: [link]
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xPine Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is interesting, I didn't know about these different branches like that. And thanks for the info.
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