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How Does Dysthymia Differ From Depression
Length and Intensity: Major depression is episodic - it occurs, but gets better. Dysthymia is milder in intensity to a major depressive episode, but lasts much longer (2 years). Both have similar symptoms, but the treatments are a little different since dysthymia responds well to therapy. One can have a major depressive episode in addition to dysthymia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Include being down or sad most of the time, loss of interest/pleasure in usual activities, unintended increase or decrease in appetite/weight, sleeping more or less than usual, being agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless or inappropriately guilty or self critical, having difficulty concentrating or making decisions, & thinking of death & dying. Suicidal ...Read more
Not uncommon: Agree w dr. Liebowitz. Dysthymia (dysthymic disorder) is chronic, mild depressed or irritable mood which occurs most days for at least 2 years in adults or at least a year in a child. Associated sxs can include: low energy, hopelessness, low self esteem, ; problems with sleep, appetite, concentration ; decision making. Major depressive episodes which are more severe can overlie the dysthymia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dysthymic Disorder: In dysthymic disorder, the person has distressingly depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not, as shown either by subjective account or others' observations, for at least 2 years. Along with this are 2 or more of: poor eating or overeating; insomnia or hypersomnia; fatigue; low self-esteem; poor concentration; feelings of hopelessness. No episodes of major depression or mania. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Severity + Duration: Bad enough for long enough is how these diagnoses have been defined. When faced with a decision whether to seek medical attention, general tendency is for people to wait much beyond bad enough symptoms for far too long. Bad enough is defined as 2 symptoms for dysthymia, long enough is defined as 2 weeks for major depression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: It is possible to have dysthymia -- a chronic, low-grade type of depression lasting 2 years or more -- with intermittent exacerbation of major depression. Some sources refer to this as "double depression." treatment involves psychotherapy and preventative antidepressants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depression remedies: Include exercising, engaging in social interaction & engrossing activities, practicing gratitude, doing kind things for others, learning and practicing stress management, developing and committing to meaningful goals, avoiding negative thinking & negative comparisons with others, and talking to empathic & trusted people. If those aren't enough, talk to a mental health professional. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dysthymia can be thought of as a low-grade, chronic depression. A diagnosis is made when a person has two of the following symptoms for 2 years or more: increased or decreased appetite, insomnia or oversleeping, low energy, low view of self, poor concentration, or feelings of hopelessness. It is best treated with a combination ...Read more
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