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dysthymia, dysthymic depression(noun)
mild chronic depression
"I thought she had just been in a bad mood for thirty years, but the doctor called it dysthymia"
A tendency to be depressed, without hope.
One form of clinical depression, characterized by low-grade depression which lasts at least 2 years.
Dysthymia, from Ancient Greek δυσθυμία, "melancholy", also known as neurotic depression, dysthymic disorder, and chronic depression, is a mood disorder consisting of the same cognitive and physical problems as in depression, with less severe but longer-lasting symptoms, which persists for at least 2 years. The concept was coined by Dr. Robert Spitzer as a replacement for the term "depressive personality" in the late 1970s. According to the DSM's definition of dysthymia, it is a serious state of chronic depression, which persists for at least 2 years; it is less acute and severe than major depressive disorder. As dysthymia is a chronic disorder, sufferers may experience symptoms for many years before it is diagnosed, if diagnosis occurs at all. As a result, they may believe that depression is a part of their character, so they may not even discuss their symptoms with doctors, family members, or friends.
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