What is Persistent Depressive Disorder?
Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia) is considered a more chronic but less severe depression than major depression. Individuals with dysthymia experience many of the same symptoms as an individual in a major depressive episode but to a lesser degree. In order to be diagnosed with dysthymia, an individual must suffer from the symptoms for at least 2 years. During the 2 year period, the symptoms cannot be absent for more than 2 consecutive months. Individuals with dysthymia can also experience a major depressive disorder, and this is commonly called a “double depression.”