Dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh) is a mild but long-term (chronic) form of depression. Symptoms usually last for at least two years, and often for much longer than that. Dysthymia interferes with your ability to function and enjoy life. With dysthymia, you may lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, lack productivity, and have low self-esteem and an overall feeling of inadequacy.
Dysthymia, sometimes known as mild, chronic depression, is less severe and has less indication than major depression. With dysthymia, the depression manifestations can wait for a long period of time, frequently two years or longer. The individual who suffers from dysthymia can also experience periods of major depression--sometimes called "Double Depression".
Related Journals of Dysthemia
Dementia & Mental health, Mental illness and treatment, International Journal of Mental Health & Psychiatry, Depression Awareness World Psychiatry, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Journal of Depression, Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Journal of Anxiety Disorders