How is persistent depressive disorder treated?
The two primary methods for treating persistent depressive disorder include pharmaco-therapy (antidepressant medication) and psychotherapy (talk therapy). The combination of both longer-term treatment methods may prove to be most effective.
What can I do to help myself feel better?
Methods of improving symptoms of persistent depressive disorder include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet.
- Getting enough sleep.
- Exercising on a regular basis.
- Engaging in enjoyable/creative activities.
- Taking prescribed medications correctly and discussing any potential side effects with your healthcare providers.
- Watching for early signs that your symptoms may be worsening, and having a plan in place for how to respond if they do.
- Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive influences.
- Talking to trusted family members and friends about how you are feeling.
- Avoiding alcohol and illegal drugs which can negatively affect mood and impair judgment.