Dysthymia

Michael saw this the other day, and read it to me I tend to think he might be right…

Mild Depression (Dysthymia)

Dysthymia (pronounced dis-THIM-ee-uh) involves chronic depressed mood, poor self-esteem, and low-level symptoms of major depression. “People with mild depression can still function, but they’re sad sacks,” says San Francisco psychiatrist Michael Freeman, M.D. “They consider themselves losers.”

Dysthymia may or may not have a triggering life event. Quite often, there is nothing to blame it on — no loss or life change. This can be confusing for both the person affected, and their loved ones. But just as you can catch a cold seemingly out of nowhere, you can also slip into dysthymia for no apparent reason.

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