What is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is diagnosed when one experiences depressed mood for most of the day, more days than not, for at least two years without a break free of depressive symptoms of more than two months. During these periods of depressed mood, there are some of the following associated symptoms: poor appetite or overeating, insomnia or sleeping too much, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration or difficulty making decisions, and feelings of hopelessness.

  • pg. 31, When Someone You Love Is Depressed – Laura Rosen & Xavier Amador, ISBN 978-0-684-83407-8

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