Having at least two of the signs and symptoms of depression (above) but with less severity. Sometimes referred to as “low grade depression,” dysthymic symptoms typically persist for months to years on end and the sufferer often will say things such as “I’ve been depressed as long as I can remember” or “My depression never goes away.” The person often denies having periods of remission. Even though symptoms may be experienced as less severe than in major (clinical) depression, their seemingly relentless, unending nature can be profoundly disabling.
Although not an official diagnosis, in some cases individuals suffer from “double depression,” whereby they are experiencing dysthymia and a depressive episode at the same time.
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