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What is dysthymic disorder?

Dysthymic Disorder is a milder yet more enduring type of major depression. People with dysthymia may appear to be chronically mildly depressed to the point that it seems to be a part of their personality. When a person finally seeks treatment for dysthymia, it is not uncommon that he or she has struggled with this condition for a number of years.
Symptoms of dysthymic disorder (chronic, mild depression) must persist for at least two years in adults (one year in children) to meet criteria for the diagnosis.

    • Dysthymic disorder affects approximately 1.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.
    • This figure translates to about 3.3 million American adults. The median age of onset of dysthymic disorder is 31.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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