What Is The Difference Between Depression and Dysthymia?

Did you know that one in four adults will suffer from depression at some point in their lives? That’s a lot of people. However, ‘depression’ is often used as a blanket term for what could be other, similar medical conditions. Depression is a harrowing illness to have to endure, and one that can go on for many years. It can make you feel worthless, like you have nothing to live for. But what’s it called when you feel sad or hopeless for weeks, months, or even years? If you’re thinking depression, yes, that’s true. Have you ever heard of dysthymia? I bet not. Your low mood could actually be persistent depressive disorder (PDD), also known as dysthymia. Here, we lay out the subtle differences between depression and dysthymia to help you better understand either your own condition, or someone else’s.   The symptoms of depression are:
  • Low mood, feeling sad, irritable or angry
  • Having less energy to do certain things
  • Losing interest or enjoyment in activities you used to enjoy
  • Loss of concentration
  • Becoming tired more easily

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