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a sort of death-in-life existence and the blessed relief of flopping into our unmade beds John McManamy in Mental Water Torture-Mild to Moderate Depression What he is describing is Dysthymia Dysthmyia or Dysthymic Disorder is a type of mild depression AAP Diagnostic and Statistical manual of mental disorders It is chronic pervasive and a disabling illness affecting up to 5 of the population About Dysthymia People with Dysthymia suffer from a sustained chronically depressed mood that lasts for most of the day more days than not for two years or longer Sufferers often describe their mood as sad or down in the dumps This is common in a lot of teenagers especially female DSM According to the article About Dysthymia during periods of depressed mood most sufferers have poor appetite or over eating a sleep disorder insomnia or over-sleeping low energy or fatigue low self-esteem poor concentration or difficulty making decisions and feelings of hopelessness and despair Not much is known about Dysthymia Often when an adolescent or a child suffers from it they have poor self-esteem and have poor social skills John McManamy explains that some sufferers turn to alcohol or drugs Others about 3-12 percent commit suicides But sooner or later major depression happens Dysthymics fall too deep into a mild depression that they find themselves in a major one This happens when sufferers of Dysthymia are untreated and keep going through a depression every time falling deeper and deeper until they can no longer get out When this occurs it is known as double depression There are many ways to treat Dysthymia According to the internet article Dysthymic Disorder Treatment 62 of patients benefit from antidepressant medication The guidelines for assessing the potential utility of drug therapy are a contributory family history and a past history and a past history of poor response to their forms of treatments Some antidepressant drugs such as fluoxentine and imipramine can be used
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