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What is Persistent Depressive Disorder?

Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD) is a complex mental health disorder that is commonly experienced by individuals throughout the UK and around the world.

Commonly referred to as dysthymia, this type of depression involves symptoms lasting for at least two years and can significantly interfere with someone’s day-to-day functioning.

While not all PDD experiences are the same, understanding more about its prevalence and impact can help in building better support systems and offer more specialised care.

If you or someone you know is facing challenges due to PDD, Orchestrate Health offers comprehensive plans to meet the unique needs of each individual on their journey towards mental wellness.

How Do I Know If I’m Suffering From Persistent Depressive Disorder?

To be diagnosed with PDD, symptoms must be present for over 2 years. Since many individuals that end up being diagnosed with PDD have struggled for so long, they often find coping techniques that allow them to go to work, socialise, and keep up with their personal care just enough to get by.

You might have PDD if you:

  • Constantly experience an overall feeling of sadness
  • Have little interest in life
  • Have an inability to feel pleasure
  • Find yourself angry or irritable often
  • Persistently feel guilty
  • Experience low self-esteem
  • Are having sleeping difficulties
  • Struggle with exhaustion
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Suffer from memory loss

Since Persistent Depressive Disorder is a long-term condition, it can greatly impact an individual’s physical health, social life, family life, and other relationships.

Is Persistent Depressive Disorder a Serious Mental Illness?

PDD is a mental illness that does not always show up with the same severity as Major Depressive Disorder. However, PDD should still be taken seriously because of its long-term duration.

The symptoms, though generally more mild, may remain present for months to years at a time and never fully resolve.

This can cause patients to struggle in ways they had not before, often leading to feelings of desperation or hopelessness. It is important to take persistent depressive disorder seriously by seeking professional help and maintaining healthy lifestyles in order to manage the symptoms over a long period of time.

Persistent Depressive Disorder vs. Depression

Dysthymia is different from other types of depression.

The symptoms of dysthymia usually don’t stop a person from doing their usual activities, but they can still make it hard to function normally.

Dysthymia also lasts longer than other forms of depression, and people may experience the symptoms for years instead of coming and going.

What Are The Most Common Treatments for Persistent Depressive Disorder?

In the UK, persistent depressive disorder is commonly treated with a combination of medications and psychological therapies.

Antidepressants are prescribed in most cases to alleviate symptoms such as low mood and lack of interest in activities. These may include common drugs such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), as well as other classes of antidepressants.

Psychological therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) are also recommended to help manage negative or intrusive thoughts and feelings, and can be done either individually or with family members for added support.

In more severe cases of persistent depression, other therapies such as interpersonal psychotherapy or problem-solving therapy might be advised by a doctor, depending on a patient’s individual needs and circumstances.

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How Can Orchestrate Health Help Me With My Persistent Depression?

Orchestrate Health offers bespoke mental health services that people can access from the comfort of their own home or within their community, with rapid response times and even daily visits if needed.

Orchestrate Health can provide help for those struggling with depression, and remove the inconvenience of travelling to and from appointments.

Stepped Care Model:

Our Stepped Care approach ensures that you only ever receive the healthcare that you need, at an appropriate level. At Orchestrate Health, we do not try to fit you into our programme – we fit our programme around you.

We will constantly evaluate your support level to make sure you are not becoming overwhelmed, whilst still getting the most out of life. We take a compassionate approach and want to really get to know you – that is one of the things that sets Orchestrate Health apart.

Our team is made up of compassionate mental health professionals who will create your very own holistic package of care, which in turn will address each aspect of your being.

Our team includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Support Workers

How Does Our At-Home Depression Treatment Work?

Integrated Treatment Approach

At Orchestrate Health, we take pride in joining the dots between healthcare professionals and our clients – you will work with a dedicated expert who specialises in your field.

Evidence-based and innovative therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Bipolar Disorder-focused Dialectical Behavioural Therapy form part of our depression treatment.

These can help reduce negative thought patterns, increase self-awareness, and give you healthy coping strategies for when things get tough.


Occasionally, we may recommend the use of antidepressants, either short-term or long-term. We will monitor your progress, and make sure they are working in tandem with your other treatments to improve your general wellbeing.

Live-In Support:

If necessary, we can arrange in-home support such as:

  • Live in Mental Health Nursing (RMN)
  • Visiting Mental Health Nurse
  • Occupational Health
  • Therapeutic Support Workers
  • Recovery Coaches – mental health coaches who can provide psychosocial support, as well as life coaching

Don’t Suffer in Silence

If you are currently struggling with persistent depression and feel like you’re running out of hope, Orchestrate Health is here for you.

Our company strives to provide personalised, high-quality mental health care tailored to the individual needs of our patients. Our team practices evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, family interventions and psychoeducation among others to help address various types of depression.

We can provide one-on-one guidance to help people process the underlying issues that may be causing or intensifying their depression, in addition to discussing ways to implement healthy coping strategies.

Finally, we will work closely with our clients to develop a personal treatment plan that is tailored specifically for them and can last from weeks to months, or even longer depending on their particular circumstances. Nobody should have to suffer through depression alone – join us at Orchestrate Health to get the help you deserve.

If you are struggling and require at-home persistent depressive disorder treatment remember that there is help available for you through Orchestrate Health today. Don’t face a depressive disorder alone – we have knowledgeable staff waiting to assist you.

Contact us today for a free depression assessment and start living the first days of your new life. 

To get in touch call us on 0800 193 3277 or email us here.

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