"Many people with dysthymic disorder have no idea they have a mood disorder. They just believe that they
are "meant" to be depressed, or that negativity, pessimism, sadness and low energy are just part of their personality."
"The point is, dysthymia is a
very dysfunctional illness, even relative to acute major depression. Dysthymia is what ruins peoples' lives."
Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric
Institute Dr. Jonathan W. Stewart said.
Robyn Wheeler was diagnosed with Dysthymic Disorder in 2010. She wrote Born Mad in 2011
to help other who may be suffering from the chronic anger, anxiety and moodiness that may accompany this rarely talked about
disorder. Born Mad received second plance in women's interest and newbie nonfiction and honorable mention in cover design
and self-help in the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. She is currently a newspaper reporter for The Monitor of Cedar Creek
Lake. Robyn is also available for writing and editing projects. Robyn owned The Creature Teacher wildlife education service
for more than 15 years. For more information, go to www.robynwheeler.com.