An Introduction to Dysthymia

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David Steinbok, PsyD, PA, based in Boca Raton, Florida, provides patients with a wide range of psychological treatments. Over the course of his career as a clinical psychologist, Dr. David Steinbok has treated patients living with a number of conditions, including depression and anxiety.

Clinical depression comes in many forms, including dysthymia, also known as persistent depressive disorder. Dysthymia is most notably characterized by its duration, with individuals experiencing chronic depression for years at a time. Common symptoms of the disorder include feelings of hopelessness, decreased production, low self-esteem, and a loss of interest in hobbies, work, and education.

Despite the chronic nature of persistent depressive disorder, the depression itself is usually less severe than major depression, though the intensity of dysthymia can vary from day to day. In fact, it is not uncommon for major depressive episodes to precede or occur in tandem with dysthymia, a condition sometimes referred to as double depression. Similarly, the various symptoms of dysthymia can come and go, though each episode usually lasts for at least eight weeks.

Any person who feels they have experienced symptoms of major depression or persistent depressive disorder, or who find themselves living with a constantly gloomy outlook on life, should reach out to a medical professional. Common aspects of an effective treatment plan include talk therapy and medication.


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