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Chronic Depression

Chronic depression can be so subtle that it can sometimes be difficult to tell if a person suffers from this form of depression.

Distinguishing Features

Chronic Depression is also called dysthymia, which means "ill humored" and is used to describe a chronic state distinguished from major depression by the following:



People who have other mental or physical problems are often dysthymic as well.


For more information about symptoms see Depression Symptoms at Bill Jacobs LPCC.


Dysthymia is common relative to other mood disorders:



Dysthymia frequently coexists (technical term: Comoribid) with other mental disorders, especially major depressive disorder and borderline personality disorder, and can also accompany chronic physical illnesses.


The causes of dysthymia, as with other mood disorders, seem complex.


It is likely that a combination of factors, rather than a single factor, can cause dysthymia. For more details see Causes of Depression.

Self Help

There are a number of treatment alternatives that may prove helpful. For more details see Self-Help for Depression.

Professional Treatment

Because of the chronic nature of dysthymia, professional help is often the best course of action.


For more details see Treatment for Depression.

Additional Resources

More information on chronic depression at All About Depression...


And you can also explore Psychology Today for another perspective on dysthymia (chronic depression)...


Continue on through this topic to Major Depression.


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