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What is Dysthymia?

Dysthymia is less severe than major depression. However, it is a long-term, chronic form of depression.

Dysthymia involves the same symptoms as major depression, but are specific to low energy, poor appetite, insomnia, and oversleeping.

Dysthymia manifests as stress and irritability. Mild anhedonia, or the inability to derive pleasure from an activity, is also a manifestation of dysthymia.

In general, people with a case of dysthymia often see the glass as half empty versus half full.

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