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Dysthymic Disorder

A less severe type of depression, dysthymic disorder is experienced long-term and includes chronic symptoms which prevent optimal functioning and deteriorate mood. It can be described as a low-grade depression, in which the same depressive symptoms found in major depressive disorder are experienced, but to a milder degree. However, since dysthymia is characterized by its chronic course, long-term effects can be devastating and the individual may ultimately become suicidal. Dysthymia can co-occur with one or more major depressive episodes across an individual’s lifetime.


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