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Chronic Depression Or Dysthymia

Updated on April 26, 2015

Chronic Depression is a mild form a depression, with the symptoms being the same yet less severe than those of Major Depression.

Chronic Depression is a mild form of depression that lasts for quite a while. Also known as Dysthymia, it can last up to 2 years and in some cases, even longer. The symptoms of Chronic Depression are the same as those with Major Depression, only not as disabling. However, it can make you feel like you are not up to par, as most depressions do. People who live with Chronic Depression may also have periods of time where their symptoms increase, advancing it to Major Depression.

Chronic Depression affects 1.5% of Americans and is more common in women. It can start in childhood but is usually not diagnosed until later in life.

Doctors are not sure exactly what causes Dysthymia. They believe genes could be a factor, however most (not all) people diagnosed with this form of depression are usually the first in their family line to experience any signs. Major life events, home and work life, new medications and other chronic illnesses are the biggest causes for Dysthymia.

Chronic Depression symptoms are not very intense, however they should not be ignored.

depressed mood most every day
loss of interest in life
weight loss or gain
change in appetite
fatigue or lack of energy
insomnia or excessive sleep
trouble concentrating
thoughts of suicide or death
attempts or plans of suicide

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To be diagnosed, you will have to have all of the symptoms for longer than two weeks. Your doctor will check to make sure your symptoms are not being caused by a physical circumstance, such as an under-active thyroid. If you think that you have Dysthymia, you should consult your doctor. Although it is a mild form of depression, it is a serious illness that can put unnecessary weight on your shoulders.

Treatment for Chronic Depression could include prescription antidepressants, therapy from a psychologist or both. Herbal remedies could also be a treatment, however you will need to speak with your doctor for further information. Being diagnosed with any form of depression is nothing to be ashamed of as millions of Americans are diagnosed with some form of depression every year. The best thing you can do for yourself and your loved ones is to know the symptoms and get help for yourself.

Try the herbal route, a book or an app for your phone:

Other Forms of Depression

If you think you may have a different form of depression, or are just interested in the topic, please see my other hubs:

Seasonal Depression

Major Depression

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Blues & Postpartum Psychosis

Knowing the signs of depression can help prevent it.


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      3 years ago

      Wow I must confess you make some very trhencant points.

    • Gary Holdaway profile image

      Gary Holdaway 

      5 years ago from Sleaford, UK

      Another great hub, well done :) I have chronic depressin, but I'm one of those against the doctor types. I need to try to help myself befor letting others help me! Voted up

    • Jesse Mugnier profile imageAUTHOR

      Jesse Mugnier 

      5 years ago from Jersey

      Thank you very much! I am hoping to update my other hubs very soon to match this one.

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      5 years ago

      This is a very well done and informative hub. You explained everything in an easy to read and well explained way. It will help lots of people understand this form of depression.


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