Dysthymic disorder is a depressive mood disorder characterized by a chronic course and an insidious onset. Many people with dysthymia describe lifelong depression.
his condition has duration of at least 2 years in adults and 1 year in adolescents and children. Symptoms: Symptoms include • Poor appetite or overeating • Insomnia or hypersomnia • Low energy or fatigue • Low self-esteem • Poor concentration and/or difficulty making decisions • Feelings of hopelessness Diagnosis: various tests can be performed; some of those are Physical exam, Lab tests like blood tests, vitamin D levels etc. and Psychological evaluation.
Treatment: The two main treatments for dysthymia are medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Medications appear to be more effective at treating dysthymia than psychotherapy when either is used alone. Using a combination of medications and psychotherapy may be slightly more effective.