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What is dysthymia?

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Dysthymia, sometimes referred to as mild, chronic depression, is less severe and has fewer symptoms than major depression. With dysthymia, the depression symptoms can linger for a long period of time, often two years or longer. Those who suffer from dysthymia can also experience periods of major depression --sometimes called "double depression." In modern diagnostic classification systems, dysthymia and chronic depression are now both called "persistent depressive disorders."

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 7, 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 7, 2017

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