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Could I have major depression and dysthymia at the same time?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Typically not

Major depression and dysthymia are two different diagnoses.
Now, that being said, those with major depression can go through phases where the major depression symptoms lose their intensity for a time, and that period of time could seem similar to dysthymia. However, in major depression the symptoms will worsen again (especially without psychotherapy or meds),

In brief: Typically not

Major depression and dysthymia are two different diagnoses.
Now, that being said, those with major depression can go through phases where the major depression symptoms lose their intensity for a time, and that period of time could seem similar to dysthymia. However, in major depression the symptoms will worsen again (especially without psychotherapy or meds),
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