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Why is it hard to treat double depression?

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People with dysthymia, a chronic depressed mood, may accept a major depression episode as part of life and out of their control. They delay doing anything about it, so they're more resistant to treatment when it does start. Plus, unless they get treatment for their dysthymia along with the major depression, they'll go back to being chronically down with the chance of a new episode of double depression.

From: Double Depression WebMD Medical Reference

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 June 20, 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 June 20, 2019

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