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How is dysthymia diagnosed?

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A mental health specialist generally makes the diagnosis based on the person's symptoms. In the case of dysthymia, these symptoms will have lasted for a longer period of time and be less severe than in patients with major depression.

With dysthymia, your doctor will want to make sure that the symptoms are not a result of a physical condition, such as hypothyroidism.

If you are depressed and have had depressive symptoms for more than two weeks, see your doctor or a psychiatrist.

From: Dysthymia (Mild, Chronic Depression) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “What Is Depression?” "Dysthymic Disorder Among Adults."

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Dysthymic Disorder: When Depression Lingers.”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II , Rodale, 2006.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV).

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “What Is Depression?” "Dysthymic Disorder Among Adults."

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Dysthymic Disorder: When Depression Lingers.”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II , Rodale, 2006.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV).

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 07, 2017

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