4123 Dysthymia



This is a mild, but long-term form of depression. The symptoms usually last for at least two years and often for much longer than that. Dysthymia interferes with one's ability to function and enjoy daily life. Individuals with Dysthymia are thought of as being overly critical, constantly complaining and incapable of having fun.

The symptoms of Dysthymia in adults may include:

• Hopelessness

• Sadness

• Loss of interest in daily activities

• Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

• Low self-esteem, self criticism or feeling incapable

• Poor appetite or overeating

• Sleep problems

• Irritability

• Excessive anger

• Feeling of guilt over the past

• Avoiding social activities

In children, Dysthymia sometimes may occur along with ADHD, behavioural or learning disorders, anxiety disorders or developmental disabilities. Symptoms include:

• Behaviour problems

• Pessimistic attitude

• Poor school performance

• Low self-esteem

• Poor social skills

• Irritability

What causes Dysthymia?

The exact cause isn't known but Dysthymia may have causes that are similar to major depression including biochemical changes, genes and environment.

One should contact a doctor if symptoms last for years and interfere with relationships, work as well as daily activities. Sometimes, because these feelings have gone on for such a long time you may think they'll always be a part of your life. Hence, it's important to seek medical treat for a proper diagnosis.

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