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Dysthymia, also known as chronic depression, is characterized by a long term (two years or more) depressed mood.  There are symptoms present that are associated with major depression but not enough for a diagnosis of major depression.   Dysthymia typically does not disable the person.  If you have symptoms of dysthymia, you may also experience one or more episodes of major  depression during your lifetime. While not disabling like major depression, dysthymia can keep you from feeling your best and functioning optimally.  Dysthymia can begin in childhood or in adulthood. . A mental health specialist generally makes the diagnosis based on a person’s symptoms. In the case of dysthymia, the symptoms  will have lasted for a longer period of time and be less severe than major depression. If you  have had depressive symptoms for more than two weeks you should consider an evaluation by your doctor or a psychiatrist.  Your provider will likely perform a thorough medical evaluation, paying particular  attention to [...]

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Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad.  But these feelings are usually short lived and pass within a couple of days.  When you have depression, it interceders with daily life and causes pain for both your and those who care about you.  Depression is a common but serious illness. Many people with depressive illness never seek treatment.  But the majority, even those with most severe depression, can get better with treatment.  Medications, psychotherapies, and other methods can effectively treat people with depression. There are several forms of depressive disorders.  We will now focus on major depressive disorder.  Major depressive disorder is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat,and enjoy once pleasurable activities.  Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally.  Some people may experience only  a single episode with their lifetime, but more often person may have multiple [...]