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What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?
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Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Intensity
Dysthymic patients are sad , unhappy & have no joy in life to a good instance but not as severe as majot depression hen pts will be totally wihdrawn, no social interactions or motivation to the point of being affecting their daily life.

In brief: Intensity
Dysthymic patients are sad , unhappy & have no joy in life to a good instance but not as severe as majot depression hen pts will be totally wihdrawn, no social interactions or motivation to the point of being affecting their daily life.
Dr. Eddie Nakhuda
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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Intensity & duration
Dysthymia, aka neurotic depression, is a mood disorder consisting of chronic depression, w/ less severe but longer lasting symptoms than mdd.
According to the dsm's definition of dysthymia, it is a serious state of chronic depression, which persists for at least 2 years; it is less acute and severe than mdd (which though more severe, can be as brief as 2 weeks).

In brief: Intensity & duration
Dysthymia, aka neurotic depression, is a mood disorder consisting of chronic depression, w/ less severe but longer lasting symptoms than mdd.
According to the dsm's definition of dysthymia, it is a serious state of chronic depression, which persists for at least 2 years; it is less acute and severe than mdd (which though more severe, can be as brief as 2 weeks).
Dr. Missid Ghanem
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