as much research has been done on Dysthymia as on Major Depression but
there is support for a biological undertone as well as maladaptive ways of
coping with the environment.
mood for most of the day, for more days than not, and ongoing for at least
two years. During this time, there must be two or more of the following
symptoms: under or over eating, sleep difficulties, fatigue, low
self-esteem, difficulty with concentration or decision making, and
feelings of hopelessness. There can also not be a diagnosis of Major
Depression for the first two years of the disorder, and has never been a
manic or hypo-manic episode.
to Major Depression, treatment could include medication and/or therapy.
See above for additional information.
disorder is typically seen as more chronic than Major Depression, but less
severe in terms of its symptoms.