Dysthymic Disorder 2010


Mood Disorder

Dysthymia is a depressive mood disorder characterized by a chronic course and an insidious onset.

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

Women are likely to conceive dysthymic disorder than men during their childbirth years. The ratio stands as 2:1.

It is also more common among African Americans and Mexican Americans than Caucasians.

Although the specific cause of the dysthymic disorder is not yet known to the psychologists, they have found that patients of the disorder usually recall a childhood experience that is unhappy, which can be considered why one may conceive such a disorder.

-Genetic predisposition
-Biological factors
-Chronic stress
-Psychosocial factors

Not much research has been done on the dysthymic disorder. But the psychologists have found that medications that are used in treating major depressive disorder work. Tricyclic antidepressants, MAOI antidepressants and SSRI antidepressants have shown response in patients. Not only that but also psychotherapy and psychoeducation helps both the patient and his/her family.




  1. Major Depressive Disorder (Single / Recurrent)
  2. Major Depressive Episode
  3. Hypomanic Episode
  4. Manic Episode


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