Saturday, April 05, 2008


Dysthymia is basically low-grade depression, being less severe and pervasive than major depression.According to the APA, two or more of six possible symptoms must be present for a diagnosis of dysthymia. Symptoms can include the following:

Poor appetite or overeating
Insomnia or hypersomnia
Low energy or fatigue
Low self-esteem
Poor concentration
Difficulty in making decisions
Feelings of hopelessness.

For a proper clinical diagnosis, an individual must experience symptoms for at least two years and should have no longer than a two-month period without symptoms being present. These symptoms must result in clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, academic, or other major areas of functioning (APA, 2000).