Definition of dysphoria in English:


Syllabification: dys·pho·ri·a
Pronunciation: /disˈfôrēə


  • A state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life. The opposite of euphoria.
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    • Post has suggested a clinical continuum of euphoria, dysphoria and paranoid psychosis that occurs with regular cocaine use that is related to dosage, genetics and previous exposure.
    • Researchers found that sociotropy and negative affect were nonspecifically and positively correlated with both dysphoria and anxiety in 485 undergraduates.
    • There is, in fact, evidence that benzodiazepines are of greater benefit when used to treat either patients with moderate to high levels of anxiety or dysphoria.



Pronunciation: /-ˈfôrik/
adjective & noun
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  • In addition to a general level of irritability, children with mania also present with extremely impairing dysphoric, explosive episodes that generally occur daily with little or no precipitant.
  • ‘The implication for treatment is that if you ask dysphoric people to recall nice events from their lives it may not make them feel any better,’ Joormann notes.
  • Although the average depression lasts around six months, those with severe major depression or constant dysphoric depression may have symptoms that last for years.


mid 19th century: from Greek dusphoria, from dusphoros 'hard to bear'.

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