Dysthymic disorder, or dysthymia, is a mood disorder that causes
some symptoms of depression. Dysthymia is diagnosed when the depressed mood has
lasted for at least 1 year in children and 2 years in adults.
Symptoms of dysthymia include interruption in sleep, loss of
interest in most activities, feelings of inadequacy or guilt, social
withdrawal, and decreased productivity. Dysthymic disorder symptoms are less
severe than symptoms of major depression. But they can last longer and may progress
to major depression.
Dysthymia often occurs in people who have personality, anxiety, and
substance abuse disorders.
Treatment for dysthymia usually includes counseling and sometimes
medicines, such as antidepressants.
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