Dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh) is a mild but long-term (chronic) form of depression. Symptoms usually last for at least two years, and often for much longer than that.
Symptoms include: • Sadness or depressed mood most of the day or almost every day • Loss of enjoyment in things that were once pleasurable • Major change in weight (gain or loss of more than 5% of weight within a month) or appetite • Insomnia or excessive sleep almost every day
PSychotherapy for dysthymia Psychotherapy can help you learn about your condition and your mood, feelings, thoughts and behavior. Using the insights and knowledge you gain in psychotherapy, you can learn healthy coping skills and stress management. Psychotherapy can also help you: • Learn to make decisions • Reduce self-defeating behavior patterns, such as negativity, hopelessness and a lack of assertiveness