What is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is the medical term for chronic depression. It is a condition in which a person suffers depression for a prolonged period often two years or more. Diagnosis of Dysthymia is referred to as Persistent Depressive Disorder or PDD.

The normal stresses that you face every day may affect you differently if you have chronic depression. For example, a normal person can easily take a bad day at work whereas, for someone with dysthymia, a bad day can cause several days or even weeks of misery.


Complications of Chronic Depression


Dysthymia can affect your quality of life for a long period and cause physical and mental complications. Complications of chronic depression symptoms can virtually ruin your life. The complications can cause family or work-related conflicts, substance or alcohol abuse, withdrawal from social activities, suicidal thoughts, and relationship problems. So you’ll it is important that you are aware of your emotional and mental health. What are the most common symptoms of dysthymia?


Symptoms of Dysthymia


Normal feelings of sadness, anger or mild depression are a part of our reactions to stressful situations. But, if it lasts for a longer time than usual or if it affects your work, class, relationships, daily tasks then you could be suffering from chronic depression. So keep an eye for the most common signs and symptoms of this condition.

The symptoms of dysthymia mimic the symptoms of major depression that includes:

  • Fatigue
  • Hopelessness
  • Anger
  • Self-criticizing
  • Trouble concentrating and deciding 

Although it’s just a minor type of depression, ignoring the symptoms could worsen the condition and can lead to major depression. 


What You Should Do


If you suspect that you’re suffering from dysthymia, seek medical advice from health professionals such as your primary care doctor, mental health care provider, or even counselor. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants that can help relieve or minimize your symptoms. Counseling can also help you understand why you have a propensity for dysthymia. The professional advice and the proper medication you’ll receive is the first step towards a normal lifestyle. 

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