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What is persistent depressive disorder?

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Persistent depressive disorder is a less severe form of depression, but it still causes chronic or long-lasting moodiness that ranges in severity. You can have PDD alone or with other psychiatric or mood disorders, but not with mania or hypomania.

It's more common in women than in men, and a family history of mood disorders isn't uncommon. This mood disorder tends to appear earlier than major depression, although it can begin anytime from childhood to later in life.

From: Mood Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus: "Dysthymia" and "Cyclothymia." 

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

EMedicine: "Dysthymic Disorder." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Types of Depression."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Cyclothymia (Cyclothymic Disorder)." 

World Health Organization: "What Is Depression?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Persistent Depressive Disorder."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)."

BASC 3: "Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

MedlinePlus: "Dysthymia" and "Cyclothymia." 

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

EMedicine: "Dysthymic Disorder." 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Types of Depression."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Cyclothymia (Cyclothymic Disorder)." 

World Health Organization: "What Is Depression?"

National Institute of Mental Health: "Persistent Depressive Disorder."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)."

BASC 3: "Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 21, 2018

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