Introduction: Dysthymia


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Dysthymia: Dysthymia is a milder but also more chronic form of depressive disorder than the better known major depression. The dysthymia sufferer usually has a persistent depressed mood with related symptoms such as a loss of interest in life and feelings of fatigue. Dysthymia can be diagnosed if depressive symptoms last more than 2 years and is accompanied by at least 2 other symptoms of depression.

Dysthymia: This less severe yet typically more chronic form of depression is diagnosed when depressed mood persists for at least one year in children or adolescents and is accompanied by at least two other symptoms of major depression. Dysthymia is associated with an increased risk for developing major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. Treatment of dysthmia may prevent the deterioration to more severe illness. If dysthymia is suspected in a young patient, referral to a mental health specialist is indicated for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and appropriate treatment. 1

Researching symptoms of Dysthymia: Further information about the symptoms of Dysthymia is available including a list of symptoms of Dysthymia, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Dysthymia, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

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Statistics and Dysthymia: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Dysthymia, prevalence and incidence statistics for Dysthymia, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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1. excerpt from Depression in Children and Adolescents A Fact Sheet for Physicians: NIMH

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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