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Overview of Disthymia

According to Go to ICD10ICD10, Disthymia is an affective (mood) disorder characterized by mild depression that lacks psychotic features. In addition, persistent anxiety may also be present.

Complimentary and alternative treatments for disthymia that are considered below include:

  • Low Dose Naltrexone
  • Conventional Neuro-feedback
  • Neurotransmitter Balancing

Differential Diagnosis of Disthymia


Treatment of Disthymia

Please see conventional, complimentary and alternative medical treatments for important background information regarding the different types of medical treatments discussed below.

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

According to the Low Dose Naltrexone home page [LDN], LDN has been seen to benefit depression and bipolar disorder, so it is reasonable to consider LDN for cyclothymia as well. Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of cyclothymia with LDN.

Please see What is Low Dose Naltrexone? for more information.

Conventional Neuro-feedback

Neuro-feedback has proven useful for treating depression [and thus disthymia]. Dr. Weyrich has been certified in Neuro-feedback since 2008, and more recently completed an additional residency training program at ADD Clinic of Scottsdale, AZ. While at the ADD clinic, he treated numerous cases of depression.

Please see What is Neurofeedback? for more information.

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neuro Research [Hinz2015] reports that depression [and thus disthymia] can be benefited by balancing neurotransmitter levels in the body.

Dr. Weyrich has been trained in neurotransmitter balancing protocols, but has not treated disthymia or depression using this technique.

Please see What is Neurotransmitter Balancing? for more information.


ICD-10 Codes related to Disthymia


References for Disthymia