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What is dysthymic disorder?

April 10th, 2017

Dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh) is persistent depressive disorder. It is a continuous long-term (chronic) form of depression.

Dysthymia affects approximately 3 million people in the US each year (Source: Mayo Clinic). It is defined as a low mood occurring for at least two years, along with at least two other symptoms of depression. Examples of symptoms include:

  • Loss of interest in normal daily activities,
  • Feelings of hopeless,
  • Decrease in motivation or productivity,
  • Low self-esteem,
  • Feelings of inadequacy,
  • Low appetite,
  • Low energy levels,
  • Sleep changes, and/or
  • Poor concentration.

According to the Health Research Funding Organization, only 43% of people with dysthymia are considered to be receiving minimally adequate treatment for this chronic disorder. It is a treatable condition. Treatments include medications and talk therapy.

You don’t have to suffer alone. Horizon Health Services offers help for people dealing with depression, dysthymia and other mental health disorders. If you or someone you love is experiencing any symptoms of depression and live in the Western New York area, please contact us. We can help.

(716) 831-1800

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