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

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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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
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