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Dysthymia

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Dysthymia

Obviously, there is a spectrum of clinic depression that ranges from mild feelings of depression to serious considerations of suicide. Mild depression is also known as dysthymia.

Dysthymia is a term coined in the 1980-s and replaced the term depressive neurosis that was used in the 1950-s and the term depressive personality that was used in the 1970-s. In order to be officially diagnosed as dysthymic, a patient must be depressed most of the time for at least two years and have at least three off the following symptoms:

Low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence
Pessimism, hopelessness, or dispair
Lack of interest in ordinary pleasures and activities
Withdrawal from social activities
Fatigue or lethargy
Guilt or ruminating about the past
Irritability or excessive anger
Lessened productivity
Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

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