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What is double depression?

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Double depression is a complication of a psychiatric illness called dysthymic disorder, or dysthymia.

People with dysthymia -- sometimes described as a "veil of sadness" -- often feel as though they have little or no control over their own life. It seems that something else, fate or other people, is responsible for what happens.

More than half of people with it will have their symptoms get worse over time, leading to the onset of major depression, too.

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Depression."

Medline Plus: "Dysthymia."

Tamburrino, M. 2009. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Klein, D. April 2008. Journal of Psychiatric Research,

The Florida State University: "FSU News: Double Trouble: Hopelessness Key Component of Mood Disorder."

Columbia University Medical Center: "Q an A about Dysthymic Disorder (Chronic Depression)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 29, 2019

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Depression."

Medline Plus: "Dysthymia."

Tamburrino, M. 2009. The Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Klein, D. April 2008. Journal of Psychiatric Research,

The Florida State University: "FSU News: Double Trouble: Hopelessness Key Component of Mood Disorder."

Columbia University Medical Center: "Q an A about Dysthymic Disorder (Chronic Depression)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 29, 2019

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