Dysthymia: Persistent Depressive Disorder

It is common is the United States?

Approximately 1.5% of adult Americans are affected by dysthymia, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Dysthymia can keep you from feeling good and functioning well. This disease seems to be more common in women.

 

How is dysthymia treated?

Fortunately, early diagnosis and medical treatment can reduce the intensity and duration of symptoms and also minimize the likelihood of developing an episode of major depression. Many doctors use psychotherapy also known as talk therapy to treat dysthymia.

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