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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An important finding of our study was the difference in age amounting to 13 years or almost one standard deviation between the early-onset and late-onset dysthymic patients, together accounting for majority of the persistent depressive patient group.
With regard to suicidal thoughts, two-thirds of our major depressive patients and only one-third of our purely dysthymic patients had positive life-time histories.
Symptomatology in dysthymic and major depressive disorder.
Dividing the patient population into a dysthymic and non-dysthymic group substantially reduced the number of patients in each group.
We finally repeated the analysis for the group of dysthymic patients, and found no significant differences between treatments (p = 0.307).