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My sister has dysthymic disorder. What does this mean?

My sister has dysthymic disorder. What does this mean?

Dysthymic Disorder: Dysthymic disorder is a milder condition than major depression.The disability is less. It is not bounded by a distinct cause or time of onset rather being chronic in nature, more like a personality trait. It is characterized by low moods, pessimisstic or negative trend of thinking, lack of enthusiasm, always seeing the glass half empty. Anti depressant drugs may or may not help in this disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dysthymic Disorder (Definition)

Dysthymia is now known as persistent depressive disorder, and it's just that, a mild, low grade depression underlying your everyday life over the course of ...Read more


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Can someone please tell me what dysthymic disorder means?

Can someone please tell me what dysthymic disorder means?

Long low mood: Dysthymic disorder (or dysthymia) is a disorder where you have a low mood for at least 2 years straight (1 year for kids) and some other symptoms of depression like sleep problems, appetite problems, fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration, or hopelessness. Basically, it is low-level, long-term depression. ...Read more

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Please tell me what dysthymic disorder means, and what dependent personality means?

Please tell me what dysthymic disorder means, and what dependent personality means?

Depression: Dysthymic disorder is the term for a multi-year type of depression that is not quite as severe as a major depression., dependent personality disorder is the collection of long-standing traits of a person who is extremely passive and constantly waiting for others to take care of him or her. ...Read more

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What is dysthymic disorder?

What is dysthymic disorder?

Chronic depression: An analogy i sometimes use is that if depression is a campfire, dysthymia is more like smoldering hot coals - not as severe as the depression, but lasting longer. Officially, dysthymic disorder is a chronically depressed mood most days for at least 2 years along with some symptoms normally associated with a major depressive episode (e.g. Low energy, sleep problems) present in an attenuated form. ...Read more

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What is a dysthymic disorder?

What is a dysthymic disorder?

Dysthymic disorder: Dysthymic disorder is the formal term for depressive neurosis. Individuals with dysthymic disorder suffer from a prolonged mild depression that may be either constant or episodic. ...Read more

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What is a dysthymic disorder?

What is a dysthymic disorder?

Dysthymic disorder: is the formal term for depressive neurosis. Individuals with dysthymic disorder suffer from a prolonged mild depression that may be either constant or episodic. ...Read more

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What exactly is a dysthymic disorder?

What exactly is a dysthymic disorder?

Dysthymic disorder: is the formal term for depressive neurosis. Individuals with dysthymic disorder suffer from a prolonged mild depression that may be either constant or episodic. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dysthymic disorder?

What are the tests for dysthymic disorder?

Clinical Diagnosis: There are no laboratory tests for dysthymic disorder. The diagnosis is made on the basis of specific symptoms related to diminished functioning and poor mood over a long time (2 years or more). Symptoms are similar to those for major depression but fewer and possibly less severe. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is dysthymic disorder?

Can you tell me what is dysthymic disorder?

Chronic depression: Dysthymic disorder is a form of chronic depression lasting more than 2 years which is generally mild-moderate in severity (less severe than major depression). Symptoms associated with dysthymic disorder include all the symptoms that could be involved in major depression, including sleep, appetite or concentration disturbances, suicidal ideation, loss of interest in things, guilt, etc. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is dysthymic disorder?

Dysthymic disorder: Dysthymia is a chronic type of depression in which a person's moods are regularly low. Symptoms are not as severe as with major depression. Symptoms usually last 2 years or more. ...Read more