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What is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is a chronic depression of mood, lasting at least several years, which is not sufficiently severe, or in which individual episodes are not sufficiently prolonged, to justify a diagnosis of severe, moderate, or mild recurrent depressive disorder.

What are the signs & symptoms of Dysthymia?

The symptoms of Dysthymia are as follows:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem or low self-confidence
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
Who is at risk of Dysthymia?

People who are at risk of Dysthymia may have the following:

Occupational - Economic Problems

Causing significant impairment in academic, occupational and/or social functioning.

Distressed, Easily Upset (Negative Emotion)

Depressed almost continuously for at least 2 years.

Medical Problems

Chronic or disabling medical conditions also increase risk of this disorder.

What are the treatment options for Dysthymia?

The two main treatments for persistent depressive disorder are medications and psychotherapy.

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