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Persistent Depressive Disorder:  

Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) also known as Dysthymia is a chronic psychological disorder, it is a continuous and long-term form of depression, having almost same but longer lasting symptoms than depression. People suffering from persistent depressive disorder go through the depressive state for most of the time for at least two years. Due to the chronic nature of persistent depressive disorder, dealing with the symptoms of depression can be difficult, but a proper treatment plan can be helpful. At First Light Psychological Services, we have experts available to help you to get through the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with proven and advance treatments in Kew Gardens, NY & Farmingdale, NY we have successfully treated a number of patients to get back to their normal days of life.

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Symptoms of Persistent Depressive Disorder:

Some of the most common symptoms of persistent depressive disorder include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Feeling of pressure and guilt
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Excessive or decreased appetite
  • Fatigue / Lack of energy
  • Losing interest and feeling of pleasure in life
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor mood
  • Irritable mood
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of productivity
  • Social anxiety
  • Irritable mood

At First Light Psychological Services in Farmingdale, NY & Kew Gardens, NY our experienced professionals are providing excellent symptom assessment and differential diagnosis to help you identify your symptoms of persistent depressive disorder, hence improving the quality of life.

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Causes of Persistent Depressive Disorder:

As with major depression, it may involve more than one cause, such as:

Brain chemistry: Neurotransmitters of brain do play a role in incidence of depression. Research recommends that changes in effect and function of neurotransmitters is responsible for maintaining mood stability they play an important role in incidence of depression and its treatment.

Traumatic Life events: Like the major depression, major traumatic events in life such as the losing a loved one, financial crisis, and major accident can give rise to persistent depressive disorder.

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Environmental factors: Stressful situations such as loss, grief, major life changes, and excessive stressors can trigger Persistent depressive disorder. Biological differences: People with persistent depressive disorder may have physical changes in their brains although the causes of these changes are not known, but such changes can bring the symptoms of PDD.Inherited traits: Having close family members with a history of depression increases the risk of developing depression for an individual.

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Complications of Persistent Depressive Disorder:

Common complications of Persistent depressive disorder include:

  • Anxiety or anti-social behavior
  • Relationship difficulties and work problems
  • Poor image and reduced quality of life
  • Personality disorders or other mental health disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Social isolation
  • Substance abuse
  • Poor physical and mental health

As the complications are pretty destressing therefore seeking treatment in the first place is necessary to stop the situation from getting worse, Feel free to book for the treatment of persistent depressive disorder in Farmingdale, NY & Kew Gardens, NY while meet the experts on the floor, ready to help you to get rid of the disorder.

Diagnosis of Persistent Depressive Disorder:

If you are having severe symptoms of persistent depressive disorder like unexplainable emotional changes, sudden loss of interest in almost everything, feelings of hopelessness or helplessness, palpitations (irregular heart beat) and suicidal thoughts, etc. that are persistent from 2 years, you possibly have a diagnosis of persistent depressive disorder. If you are diagnosed with Persistent depressive disorder, we have treatment programs available at First Light Psychological Services, Farmingdale, NY & Kew Gardens, NY. Our team of experts are providing precise psychological services, for the treatment of persistent depressive disorder in accordance with the symptoms of the patients.

Treatment of Persistent Depressive Disorder:

The treatment for persistent depressive disorder is similar to other treatments of depression. Usually a combination of psychotherapy and medications is seen to be the most effective.

Medicinal / Pharmacological treatment:

Anti-depressants, which include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are commonly used to treat persistent depressive disorder.

Anti-anxiety medications: These include drugs, which can help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and persistent depression. . Our practitioners at First Light Psychological Services, will always prefer to prescribe the best Medicines for persistent depressive disorder in Farmingdale, NY & Kew Gardens, NY to make sure instant results.


It may involve a range of different techniques, but two that are often used are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT) in Kew Gardens, NY & Farmingdale, NY we are providing psychotherapy services to the patients of persistent depressive disorder.

Interpersonal therapy:

This therapy is similar to CBT but rather it focuses on identifying problems in relationships and communication and then finding ways to help you cope with them, in Kew Gardens, NY & Farmingdale, NY we are providing Interpersonal therapy to treat the symptoms of persistent depressive disorder.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

It guides you about you different perspectives of thinking and behaving. It can help you to change the way you react to the things which make you to feel depressed. Our team of experts are providing the services of cognitive behavioral therapy In Kew Gardens, NY & Farmingdale, NY to help those having persistent depressive disorder.

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