What is the relationship between Depression and Dysthymia?
Dysthymia is a prolonged, but less severe form of depression.
It is diagnosed when a person has depressed mood for most the time almost every day for at least two years. Children and adolescents may have irritable mood, and the time frame is at least one year.
While depressed, a person with Dysthymia will experience at least two of the following symptoms:
- Either overeating or lack of appetite.
- Sleeping to much or having difficulty sleeping.
- Fatigue, lack of energy.
- Poor self-esteem.
- Difficulty with concentration or decision making.
- Feeling hopeless.
Dysthymia is commonly associated with other symptoms such as chronic pain.
Dysthymia is by definition a chronic condition so in the early stages of treatment, focus will be on managing and reducing symptoms. However, the eventual goal of treating dysthymia is remission whereby a patient reaches a state of overall “wellness”.
Effective treatments at Thrive
Thrive provides a range of proven therapeutic approaches to help you recover from dysthymia, and associated symptoms such as chronic pain, including: