Definition of dysphoria in English:



  • A state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life.

    The opposite of euphoria
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One study examines the impact of psychosocial intervention and medication on post-heart attack dysphoria; another examines a stress- and anger-management intervention.’
    • ‘While both tasks resulted in an improved mood for the nondysphoric participants, only the distraction task lifted the spirits of those with dysphoria.’


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