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Could dysthymia be something similar to depression?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Low grade but longer

Dysthymia is a mood disorder consisting of chronic depression, with less severe but longer lasting (2 years or more) symptoms than major depressive disorder.

In brief: Low grade but longer

Dysthymia is a mood disorder consisting of chronic depression, with less severe but longer lasting (2 years or more) symptoms than major depressive disorder.
Dr. Missid Ghanem
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

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 may have greater severity ; can be more acute.

In brief: Yes

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 may have greater severity ; can be more acute.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Similar but distinct

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.

In brief: Similar but distinct

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.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Type of depression

Dysthymia, is a chronic type of depression that doesn't waver all that much in terms of intensity, as opposed to major depression which wavers widely in intensity.
Metaphorically speaking, those with dysthymia experience it as having to wear a coat made of lead, 24-7, with little variation. Those with major depression experience the depressive lows almost like waves.

In brief: Type of depression

Dysthymia, is a chronic type of depression that doesn't waver all that much in terms of intensity, as opposed to major depression which wavers widely in intensity.
Metaphorically speaking, those with dysthymia experience it as having to wear a coat made of lead, 24-7, with little variation. Those with major depression experience the depressive lows almost like waves.
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