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More About Dysthymic Disorders

Persistent depressive disorder, or also known as dysthymia, is a chronic form of depression. Similar to to effects of depression, an individual can lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, lack productivity, and have low self esteem. These feelings can last for years and can eventually influence and individual's lifestyle including one's relationships, school, and work. Although dysthymic disorder is not as severe as major depression, the depressed mood can range from being mild, moderate, or severe. It may be difficult to find interest in activities even during happy occasions and individuals can be described as incapable of having fun or having a gloomy personality. Due to its chronic symptoms, coping with these symptoms can be difficult however, there are various ways in which an individual can treat this condition. 

The symptoms of dysthymia can come and go and can exist in varying intensities over time. These symptoms, if left untreated can lead to significant impairment, include:

While the causes of this disorder can vary from a wide range such as genetically linked traits, a significant life event, unstable brain chemistry, and even biological differences, there are steps to take toward prevention. Some strategies to help lower the risk factors of these symptoms include:

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