Dysthymic Disorder Among Adults
Dysthymic disorder is characterized by chronic low-level depression. While the depression is not as severe as that characterizing major depressive disorder, a diagnosis of dysthymia requires having experienced a combination of depressive symptoms for two years or more. Dysthymic disorder affects approximately 1.5 percent of the adult population in the United States.
as Additional information about dysthymic disorder can be found on NIMH’s depression page.
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