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. ...more »
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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
Dysthymia is associated with an increased risk for developing major
depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse.4 ,17
Treatment of dysthmia may prevent the deterioration to more severe
If dysthymia is suspected in a young patient, referral to a mental health
specialist is indicated for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and
(Source: excerpt from Depression in Children and Adolescents A Fact Sheet for Physicians: NIMH)
Definitions of Dysthymia:
Mild chronic depression; "I thought she had just been in a bad mood for thirty years, but the doctor called it dysthymia"
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
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