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What is Dysthymia?

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.

Occupational - Economic Problems: 
Causes significant impairment in academic, occupational and/or social functioning

Distressed, Easily Upset (Negative Emotion): 
Depressed almost continuously for at least two years and has two or more of the following: 
  • 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
Medical Problems: 
Chronic or disabling medical conditions increase risk of this disorder.

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

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