Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) Article

Persistent Depressive Disorder is an often misunderstood form of depression that is long-lasting and often masked by someone's high level of functioning.

I was recently interviewed by Esquire for an article examining high-functioning depression, known clinically as Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD). The article is a great read. If you want to check it out the link is here.

Persistent Depressive Disorder is the updated term for what we may call chronic depression. In clinical terms it was previously named dysthmia or dysthymic depression. PDD comprises of depressed mood for most of the day, more days than not, for a period of at least 2 years. For a diagnosis of PDD, there needs to also be at least two other symptoms for more days than not which can include poor appetite or overeating, a distinct lack of sleep or oversleeping, low energy, low self esteem, impaired concentration, indecisiveness or hopelessness.

We are still awaiting further data that would indicate a gold-standard approach totreatment for persistent depressive disorder. A special report written by Dr Rudolf Uher in Psychiatric Times indicates that collaboration between a psychiatrist (who can prescribe and review medication) and a psychologist who is trained in cognitive behaviour therapy looks to be essential.

Patrick Sheehan is a clinical psychologist who works with adults and adolescents in his private practice located in Glebe, Sydney. If you want to enquire about an appointment, please head over to the contact page.

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