How is Dysthymia diagnosed?

Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression that occurs for at least two years. It involves fewer symptoms than Major Depressive Disorder. The person may become so ‘used’ to Dysthymia that they may see it as part of their personality.

According to the DSM-IV system, a person may have Dysthymia if their problems are not due to a Major Depressive Disorder and for at least two years they have had:


A sad mood Calendar with two years highlighted

At least two of the following symptoms:

Eating too much or too little; Too much or too little sleep/waking early; Fatigue/lack of energy; Feeling worthless; Concentration problems, difficulty making decisions; Feeling hopeless.

As with major depression, if you have symptoms it is important to consult a knowledgeable medical practitioner for a proper diagnosis.

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