Dysthymia, or persistent depressive disorder, is categorized as a chronic sad mood or depression. Dysthymia closely resembles symptoms of major depressive disorder but is said to last for several years with only short breaks in symptom relief at a time, if at all. Dysthymia, like several other mood disorders, ranges on a scale from mild, moderate, to severe, depending on severity of symptoms.
According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of dysthymia may include:
Dysthymia can be caused by a variety of factors including family history, past trauma, a chemical imbalance, or high levels of stress. Mindful recognizes the impact dysthymia can have on individuals suffering. It may interfere with ability to maintain employment, interpersonal relationships, and find enjoyment in day-to-day activities or hobbies. Our team wants to help individuals feel a sense of hope that recovery from dysthymia is possible. With a combination of individualized medication management and referrals for individual and family psychotherapy, you or your loved one may experience relief of chronic sadness, and feel hopeful about the future.
Dysthymia may lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior. If you are experiencing either of these, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.