Definition of dysthymia in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈθʌɪmɪə/


[mass noun] Psychiatry
Persistent mild depression: in some, at least 2 years of dysthymia lead to recurring major depression
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  • Like major depression, dysthymia can be treated with supportive therapy that provides advice, reassurance, sympathy, and education.
  • Teplin and colleagues say they are especially concerned about the high rates of depression and dysthymia in detained youth.
  • None of the studies included in our review specifically examined minor depressive disorder, mild presentations of a major depressive disorder, or dysthymia.



adjective& noun
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  • Unipolar depression has been classified into three mood disorders: Major depressive disorders, dysthymic disorders, and depressive disorders not otherwise specified.
  • Today, St. John's wort is used for depression, dysthymic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, menopause, migraine, fibromyalgia and a variety of back pain syndromes.
  • Significant acting out frequently occurs among children and adolescents with major depression and dysthymic disorder.


Mid 19th century: from Greek dusthumia.

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