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What is dysthymia?
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
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In brief: Sadness
People with dysthymia are unhappy all the time without having a major depressive disorder. It is kind of a pervasive sadness.

In brief: Sadness
People with dysthymia are unhappy all the time without having a major depressive disorder. It is kind of a pervasive sadness.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry
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In brief: See below
Dysthymia is a constant low mood state that persists for years.
It is different than major depression which occurs across blocks of time and alongside a host of other problems.

In brief: See below
Dysthymia is a constant low mood state that persists for years.
It is different than major depression which occurs across blocks of time and alongside a host of other problems.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: Dysthymia
Is a form of chronic, low grade depression lasting at least 2 yrs in adults ; at least 1 yr in children.
A person w dysthymia often feels low ; /or guilty, is self- critical, tired, lacks joy, is disinterested in activities. S/he may have trouble making decisions ; focusing ; is irritable/ angry. Self esteem is poor mixed w hopelessness ; problems w sleep ; /or appetite.

In brief: Dysthymia
Is a form of chronic, low grade depression lasting at least 2 yrs in adults ; at least 1 yr in children.
A person w dysthymia often feels low ; /or guilty, is self- critical, tired, lacks joy, is disinterested in activities. S/he may have trouble making decisions ; focusing ; is irritable/ angry. Self esteem is poor mixed w hopelessness ; problems w sleep ; /or appetite.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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