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What are the symptoms of dysthymia?

Dysthymia is a mild, chronic depression in which you have a low, dark, or sad mood for at least two years. Other symptoms of dysthymia include:

• hopelessness
• trouble concentrating
• low self-esteem
• negative view of others and of life
• low energy
• tiredness (fatigue)
• eating too much or not enough
In addition to having a depressed mood for more than two years, someone with dysthymia (low-grade, unremitting depression) has two or more of the following:
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Insomnia or hypersomnia
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
  • Feelings of hopelessness
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