dysthymia

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dysthymia

[‚dis′thī·mē·ə]
(medicine)
Any childhood condition caused by malfunction of the thymus.
(psychology)
A mood disorder characterized by chronic depression for a period of at least 2 years. Also known as depressive neurosis.
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Of the dysthymic patients, 69.2% (n=45) had accompanying MDD (double depression).
Of 400 women and 235 men diagnosed with chronic major depression or double depression, 57% of the women responded to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor sertraline (Zoloft) by 12 weeks; 46% responded to the tricyclic antidepressant imipramine.
Some individuals suffer bouts of major depression that last for months or years at a time; some experience a persistent, moderate sadness known as dysthymia; and others encounter "double depression," in which at least 2 years of dysthymia lead to recurring major depression.