Also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder, dysthymia is a chronic form of depression that is less severe but longer-lasting than major depression. In these cases, feelings of depression and its associated side effects are experienced more often than not for at least two years. Symptoms include of dysthymia may include:
Those who suffer this condition may experience a negative impact on their home life, relationships, schoolwork, and careers. Additionally, they are more likely than those with major depressive disorder to also struggle with anxiety and substance abuse. Treatment including medication and psychotherapy can help. Unfortunately, patients often go undiagnosed, as their unrelenting symptoms may be mistaken as normal for them.