Share this entry

Share this page

dysphoria

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

Definition of dysphoria in English:

noun

Psychiatry
A state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life. The opposite of euphoria.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

dysphoric

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈfôrik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of dysphoria in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words