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What is dysthymia in relation to depression?

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Dysthymia, sometimes called persistent depressive disorder, is a less severe form of depression, but the symptoms linger for a long period of time, typically years. Those who have dysthymia are usually able to function normally, but seem consistently unhappy.

It's common for a person with dysthymia to also have periods of major depression at the same time, which then lessen without fully going away. This is called "double depression."

From: Mental Health: Depression WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association: “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” January 26, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

The Journal of the American Medical Association: “Recommendations for Screening Depression in Adults,” January 26, 2016.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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