One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Persistent mild depression.‘in some, at least two years of dysthymia lead to recurring major depression’
melancholy, misery, sadness, unhappiness, sorrow, woe, gloom, gloominess, dejection, downheartedness, despondency, dispiritedness, low spirits, heavy-heartedness, moroseness, discouragement, despair, desolation, dolefulness, moodiness, pessimism, hopelessnessView synonyms
- ‘You may be suffering from low-grade depression, formally known as dysthymia, which is milder and tougher to identify than acute depression.’
- ‘Like major depression, dysthymia can be treated with supportive therapy that provides advice, reassurance, sympathy, and education.’
- ‘None of the studies included in our review specifically examined minor depressive disorder, mild presentations of a major depressive disorder, or dysthymia.’
- ‘Teplin and colleagues say they are especially concerned about the high rates of depression and dysthymia in detained youth.’
- ‘Elderly persons also may have minor depression or dysthymia, which might be amenable to treatment with medication or behavioral intervention.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek dusthumia.
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