There's no sure way to prevent dysthymia. Because dysthymia often starts in childhood, identifying children at risk of the condition may help them get early treatment. Strategies that may help ward off dysthymia symptoms include the following.

  • Take steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and to boost your self-esteem.
  • Reach out to family and friends, especially in times of crisis, to help you weather rough spells.
  • Get treatment at the earliest sign of a problem to help prevent symptoms from worsening.
  • Consider getting long-term maintenance treatment to help prevent a relapse of symptoms.
Dec. 20, 2012