What's the difference between dysthymia and major depressive disorder?

Intensity and durati. Dysthymic folk have at least two years of depressed mood most of the day, more days than not and require fewer additional symptoms for diagnosis. Depression is two weeks or more of at least five major symptoms (dysthymia two) with depressed mood or loss of pleasure as one, and cause a significant change in functioning from baseline.
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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What's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

Dysthymia is mild . To meet the criteria for major depression , one has to have five depressive symptoms for two weeks, dysthymia , is a chronic mild depressive symptoms. Dysthymia can progress to become mdd/o. Read more...
Frequency and degree. I agree with dr. Amawi. In addition dysthymia entails being depressed or losing interest in activities everyday more days than not for at least two years in an adult. Major depression entails being depressed or losing interest in activities everyday, most all day for at least to weeks. 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...

How exactly is dysthymia different from major depression?

Dysthymia. Dysthymia and major depression are related, but dysthymia lasts 2 years or more. Also the new dsm 5 calls dysthymia "persistent depressive disorder.". 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...

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

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. Read more...
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), Read more...

Help! Is it possible to have major depression and dysthymia at the same time?

In a way, yes. Someone can have dysthymia (persistent long term depression) that can become a more severe type (major depression) for a short time and then back to dysthymia. So, person can have both MDD and dysthymia though they don't occur at the exact same time. Read more...
"Double depression" Although double depression is not a DSM diagnosis, many subscribe to the notion that it exists, notwithstanding. The patient presents with low to medium intensity chronic depression that does not waver all that much, but then the patient's mood can decrease to the pit of a major depressive low, then rise back up to dysthymia again. This is serious, and needs to be closely monitored with meds & tx. Read more...

Can major depression, dysthymia, double depression cause a bloated stomach?

Unclear. . I agree with dr. Fowler that a thorough exam must be completed by your primary care doctor. Read more...
Depression. Could be depression, medications, or some medical problem that needs to be addressed by your primary are doc. Through exam. Read more...
Appetite. I have never heard of depression causing a bloated stomach. Now, that being said, overeating very much can be a symptom of depression of all kinds. Also, some medications for depression can cause weight gain, hence the bloated stomach you refer to. Read more...

Long-running dysthymia, w/occasional episodes of major depression. Also OCD and ADD. I bought a 10k light therapy box. Can I overuse it?

No, but... You can't overuse the light therapy except for two things. First, make sure sitting in it doesn't interfere with doing work and social outings. With dysthymia, it is important to keep social support circles going, even though you really do not feel like it very often. Second, don't use it in the 2 hours before bedtime - it will interfere with natural increases in melatonin levels to help you sleep. Read more...
Light therapy. In some cases over use of Light therapy has caused individuals with a bipolar predisposition to flip into mania. Other potential problems include headaches, nausea, eye strain, agitation and problems with sleep. Blue light boxes have been implicated in retinal damage and the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Read more...

What is the difference between a major depressive disorder and a dysthymic disorder?

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. Read more...
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). Read more...

I want to know what is the difference between dysthymic disorder and major depressive disorder?

Length and severity. Dysthymic disorder is the term for a multi-year type of depression that is not quite as severe as a major depression (which can be a short as two weeks in length) but which lasts much longer. Read more...

What are the difference between manic depressive disorder and major depression?

Bipolar vs. major. The key difference between manic-depressive (a.K.A., bipolar) and major depression are the swings in mood. Depression can include anxiety and irritability but not mania (i.e., pressured thoughts & speech, impulsivity, low need for sleep, highly focused behaviors). There are forms of bipolar without mania. If you're worried about yourself, friend or loved one, talk with your doctor. Reach out! Read more...
Mania. People who suffer from manic depression ("bipolar") have two poles of extreme mood--both depression (low) and mania (high) as colleagues have described. It's important to realize that with just episodes of depression, it is not certain whether the depression is "unipolar" or part of "bipolar". Once one has a manic episode, bipolar is confirmed, even if the depression has not yet appeared. Read more...