Getting To Know Dysthymia

February 7, 2018

Dysthymia, or dysthymic disorder, is a chronic form of depression where the symptoms are more mild compared to that of major depression. Even with less intense depression symptoms, dysthymia can have deeply profound effects for those that suffer from it. Dysthymic disorder afflicts roughly 6% of the general US population and an estimated half of those dealing with itwill have an episode of major depression at least once in their life. It also occurs less in men than it does in women.

The mild nature of the depression symptoms make it easier for those suffering from it to tolerate or ignore their condition completely. They may be unaware of their depression and usually can function normally and take care of themselves and hold down a job more effectively than someone who suffers from major depression. This can lead to a person with dysthymia to live with their disorder and go untreated for numerous years.


A person suffering from dysthymia may show any of the more common signs of depression, but the most frequent symptom is a constant somber, sad or dark mood. Some others may include:

  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Withdrawal or isolation in social situations
  • Changes in appetite coupled with weight gain or weight loss
  • Sleeping too little or sleeping too much
  • Unable to concentrate or think clearly
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty

In order to be diagnosed a combination of these symptoms but present themselves in the patient on most days for a period of two years or more. In children and teens, the criteria is lowered to at least a one year period.

Sufferers tend to have an overall negative view of themselves, their present situation, their future prospects or other people. They find tasks difficult to tackle and solve and may get frustrated easily while attempting to do so.


The exact cause of is not known. It has a tendency to run in families and is seen quite often in patients suffering from a physical condition that causes chronic pain. It is also seen in those with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Anxiety and other mental disorders may also increase a person’s chance of having dysthymia.


Most cases of dysthymic disorder are undertreated or misdiagnosed. The less intense symptoms are more prone to be mistaken for another illness or condition. Complaints of physical symptoms may be confused with a chronic physical ailment for example.

Treatment usually consists of the prescription of anti-depressants as well as some form of psychotherapy. Popular depression medications such as Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft and Wellbutrin may be used to treat the disorder. Talk therapy and counseling can also help a person with dysthymia learn to cope with their symptoms and make them more aware of their illness as well as teach them to identify what makes their depression symptoms worse. Treatment for patients also takes a greater amount of time to be successful than with patients suffering from other types of depression.

While some people are able to be completely treated, for others the disorder is a chronic condition that may include extended yearly treatment. Persons suffering from dysthymia run the risk of having a major depressive episode. This can sometimes be referred to as double depression.


While it may not produce the same intense symptoms of major depression, it can still be rather disruptive to someone afflicted with the disorder. The more mild nature of dysthymic disorder symptoms can lead a person to not seek treatment for many years. All the while it can leave a person with an overall sad or dark mood, overly pessimistic to their current situation and their future hopes and it can leave them isolated. It can also disrupt their sleeping and eating habits. Even though it is not as severe as major depression, it can still have a great effect on the lives of those living with it.

Greater awareness by general health providers as well as patients can hopefully help those suffering with the illness to get treatment a lot sooner. If you or a loved one think you may be suffering with dysthymia then you should consult with a mental health care provider in your area. For more information on dysthymia check out the video below.

A Quick Review Of Our Go To Baby Monitor

February 5, 2018

The Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor represents an affordable option designed for parents who want to know that their kids are safe without having to break the bank. The default package includes 1 parent unit (remote), 1 nursery unit (transmitter), 2 adapters and a charging socket. In order to preserve retail costs, the unit comes with an entirely plastic body and functions with 4 AAA batteries (rechargeable batteries are included).

The Angelcare sound monitor has a practical range of up to 820-feet (in unrestricted conditions) and comes with an impressive array of features, especially for a unit retailed at this price point. Parents can opt for either voice-activated transmission (in order to preserve battery power) or standard (continuous) transmission. It comes with 8 audio channels that work together for less interference and clearer sounds. It also comes with a standard 12-month warranty.

Product Features

– Transmission range of up to 820-feet

This monitor is effective in transmitting all sounds on a range of up to 820-feet, regardless of whether the unit is set on voice-activated or continuous transmission. Parents and caretakers can also benefit from “out of range” notifications whenever the signal drops enough to affect the quality of transmission.

– 8-Channel Audio for a clearer sound

This unit works on a 927Mhz frequency and has 8 channels to choose from. This allows parents to find the perfect channel that offers the most clarity and least amount of possible interference from other nearby devices that may be on a similar frequency.
– Battery Option featuring backup

The nursery unit (transmitter) gains its power either through the AC adapter or through 4 AAA batteries. The receiver gains energy through either the AC adapter or 4 NiMH batteries (included). In case a power failure occurs, both units will switch to battery use for uninterrupted functionality.

– Night mode, Temperature display, Carrying belt

The Angelcare sound monitor comes complete with a carrying belt which enables parents to take the unit along wherever they go. The receiver (remote) has the ability to display temperature in baby’s room as well as to enable night lights (pleasant glowing lights which enable the children to relax).

What Owners Like About The Product

Most of those who bought the product are pleasantly impressed with its features and functionality. The aspects they appreciate most are as follows:

– Good noise sensitivity

According to customers’ feedback, the transmitter unit is very sensitive to noise and sounds made by babies. Every giggle, whisper or cry can be clearly heard on the receiver, thus enabling parents to take action accordingly. If the volume is turned loud, parents can hear even when the baby is breathing.

– No interference or static interruptions

Thanks to the 8-channel sound available on Angelcare sound monitor, parents and caretakers will benefit from no interferences with other devices. Radio programs or microwave unit’ frequencies are not picked up by the receiver. There may be a slight buzz during the time receiver searches for transmission, but transmission clarity is crystal clear.

– Multiple channels to select from

Angelcare baby audio monitor comes with 8 different channels which can be switched from the transmitter when sound quality drops. They can also be switched automatically from the remote.

– Excellent range

According to several reviewers, the range of this device is very good. It can reach over 100-feet if there are obstructions between the receiver and transmitter (e.g. several brick walls) and up to 800-feet in unobstructed environments.

What Could Be Better

Although the Angelcare sound monitor has received pretty good marks from owners, some of them also make few suggestions regarding possible feature additions. The most important of them are:

– An extra receiver

By default, the unit comes with one receiver. As a result, parents need to stay together if they want to both hear the baby/babies; otherwise only one parent will be able to listen to the transmission. Extra receivers can be purchased for an additional fee.

– The inclusion of a talk-back function

The Angelcare unit doesn’t feature “talk-back”, which means that parents are unable to transmit a message to their children from a distance. This is perhaps one of the trade-offs to having a lower starting price point.

Bottom Line

All in all, the Angelcare baby audio monitor is ideal for those who want to look after their children from a distance and ensure they are happy and healthy. Despite its lower cost, it does not come with the advanced features of other sound monitors. Parents have given it good ratings and it averages scores in the low to mid 4’s out of 5 stars.