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Living with Dysthymic Disorder
Dysthymic Disorder is a mood disorder
or mild chronic depression that affects 3 to 6 percent of the population--that is more than Bipolar and Schizophrenia combined!
Yet, most people are unfamiliar with it. Dysthymia, otherwise known as "neurotic depression" is often misdiagnosed
or not diagnosed at all.
Seventy-five percent of Dysthymia sufferers also have another disorder along with it--like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,
alcoholism, panic attack or phobias.
Disorder contributes to ruined relationships, poor self-esteem, making poor decisions and much more. Often touted as "mild"
by many doctors, dysthymic disorder is nothing but mild. It can have tremendous consequences, especially if left untreated.
This site will provide anyone seeking information and support regarding
dysthymia with resources, books and videos and much more, from someone who suffers from dysthymia. Please take time to review the entire web site.
Dysthymia is treatable for the majority of sufferers.
Dysthymic Disorder symptoms
Dysthymic Disorder is a form
of "mild depression," sometimes called neurotic depression or chronic depression. Symptoms and severity of this
mood disorder vary in individuals however to be officially diagnosed with dysthymia, an adult must have symptoms for more
than 2 years and children for more than 1 year.
Symptoms may include:
- Feelings of emptiness, hopelessness,
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
- Low energy or fatigue
- Low self-esteem
- Low sex drive
- Social withdrawal
- Thoughts of death or suicide
appetite or overeating
- Excessive crying
- Chronic anxiety or worrying
- Chronic or uncontrollable
- Excessive or inappropriate feeling
- Unable to remember when the last
time he or she was happy, confident, or inspired
These symptoms tend to be less severe than major depression, but they do fluctuate in intensity.
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." ---Columbia
University Medical Center, New York.