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.
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.
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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Could dysthymia be something similar to depression?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...

Is it possible to have dysthymia along with depression?

Double depression. This has been called double depression with long standing low level depression with episodes of more severe major depression. This may be more difficult to treat. Medications are usually necessary and relapse frequent if meds are stopped. Therapy helps deal with the consequences of long term depression. 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 more...
It is depression. Dysthymia is one of two types of depression as a general rule, (the other being major depression). One is essentially the same as the other. Read more...

What are the main symptoms of dysthymia and how is it any different from regular depression?

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 more...
Dysthymia. 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. Read more...

How can I tell if I have bad mood, dysthymia or depression?

No Self-Diagnosis. If you feel that your sx are bothering you, interfering with your every day life, get evaluated. A qualified professional, e.g. Psychiatrist, psychologist, are trained to help you with diagnosis. Psychiatrist will also prescribe meds if needed, and psychologist will help you look at behaviors, thoughts, your coping skills that lead to the mood disturbances. Read more...
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 more...
Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is an interpersonal experience between yourself and your therapist; it is a partnership. The therapist listens to whatever it is that is on your mind (in this case, depression), and with empathic, thoughtful questioning over time assists you in being able to experience yourself and the external environment differently than prior to coming to therapy. Read more...

What is the association between dysthymia and clinical depression?

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. Read more...

What are the most recommended treatments for mild depression/dysthymia?

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 more...
Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is an interpersonal experience between yourself and your therapist; it is a partnership. The therapist listens to whatever it is that is on your mind (in this case, depression), and with empathic, thoughtful questioning over time assists you in being able to experience yourself and the external environment differently than prior to coming to therapy. Read more...