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Dysthymia: Introduction

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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Dysthymia: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Dysthymia

Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present in a variety more »

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This was more »

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's, whereas more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. Many patients more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure more »

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Article Excerpts about 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.14 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 illness.1 If dysthymia is suspected in a young patient, referral to a mental health specialist is indicated for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and appropriate treatment. (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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