Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dysthymia generally isn't a disorder that you can treat on your own. But, in addition to professional treatment, you can take these steps:

  • Stick to your treatment plan. Don't skip therapy sessions or appointments, even if you don't feel like going. Don't skip your medications, even if you're feeling well. If you stop, symptoms may come back, and you could also experience withdrawal-like symptoms.
  • Learn about dysthymia. Education about your condition can empower you and motivate you to stick to your treatment plan. Encourage your family members or friends to learn about dysthymia to help them understand and be more supportive of you.
  • Pay attention to warning signs. Work with your doctor or therapist to learn what might trigger your dysthymia symptoms. Make a plan so that you know what to do if symptoms get worse or return. Contact your doctor or therapist if you notice any changes in symptoms or how you feel. Consider involving family members or friends in watching for warning signs.
  • Get active. Physical activity and exercise may reduce symptoms in depression-related conditions. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, gardening, or taking up another activity or exercise that you enjoy.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. It may seem like alcohol or drugs lessen depression-related symptoms, but in the long run they generally worsen them. Talk with your doctor or therapist if you need help with alcohol or drug abuse.
Dec. 20, 2012