Dysthymia: It's Not A Fault In Character But A Legitimate Mental Illness
November 21, 2017 15:14
What is dysthymia?
Persistent depressive disorder (also called ‘dysthymia’) is a term used to describe long-term depression. Compared to major depression, symptoms of dysthymia are milder but last longer. If an adult has had the symptoms for more than two years, he or she meets the criteria for dysthymia diagnosis. The disorder affects 4.1% of women and 2.2% of men at some point in their lives. People with dysthymia often get used to their symptoms and don’t get the help they need, but dysthymia can be successfully treated with antidepressants, talk therapy, or a combination of both.