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Can chronic depression (dysthymia) be treated with medication?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Several types of antidepressants are used to treat dysthymia, which is a mild, chronic depression. Some of these include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). Psychotherapy ("talk therapy") is also used to treat dysthymia.

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