Dysthymia, sometimes also referred to as a form of chronic depression, but it is a less severe form of depression but the symptoms of depression linger for a long time, typically years. The individuals who suffer from dysthymia seem to be consistently unhappy but are able to function normally.
Dysthymia can be differentiated from major depression as dysthymia involves fewer of the above symptoms than that occurs in case of major depression. For diagnosing dysthymia, symptoms must remain for at least two years in adults or one year in children.
It is common for a person to experience both dysthymia and major depression at one time, swinging into a major depressive episode and then back to a more mild state of dysthymia. This swinging of depression is referred to as double depression.
Symptoms of dysthymia include: Difficulty in sleeping, Loss of interest in ability to enjoy oneself or involving in other activities, Excessive guilt feelings, fatigue, Difficulty in thinking, concentrating, or making decisions, Changes in appetite, Thoughts of death or suicide
Last date updated on July, 2014