What is dysthymia?

What is dysthymia?

Dysthymia or also a dysthymic disorder. What exactly is that? How does it arise, can it be recognized? I go deeper into this disorder today and try to give you some explanation. And why? Well, because I think that psychological disorders should just come out of the taboo atmosphere.

What is dysthymia?

The dysthymic disorder or dysthymia is a mental illness, a chronic and a lighter form of depression that is characterized by a lack of pleasure and pleasure in life. This disorder is usually accompanied by sleep problems, eating disorders, reduced energy, concentration problems, and feelings of despair. The disease lasts for at least two years and during this time the symptoms will never stay away for more than two months. In the DSM-IV the disorder is classified in the mood disorders. The difference with clinical depression is mainly in the intensity of the symptoms, but that does not mean that less suffering is involved. Someone with dysthymia is able to function socially and socially, but the zest for life is lacking. The condition also lasts longer than a heavily depressed episode. A depression has a clearly boundable period instead of a long continuous period. Dysthymia is not associated with psychotic symptoms and has not started with depression.

Dysthymia, like depression, has a heavy impact on a person’s life. Because of a constantly gloomy and dejected feeling that makes the patient complain a lot, sarcastic, moody and pessimistic, people around him usually experience the person as somber, sour, humorless. Social contacts are therefore suffering and this can lead to social isolation.

Dysthymia patients are more susceptible to clinical depression than others in stressful or shocking experiences. If depression occurs in addition to dysthymia, one speaks of a double depression.



And why really?

Maybe a weird head for this paragraph. Getting dyshtymia out of the taboo is really not the only reason I pay attention to this on my blog. Last week I wrote about my eating disorder and before that I wrote about my social anxiety disorder. In the article about my eating disorder I mentioned for a while that I was also diagnosed with a depressive disorder. And that is dysthymia. I already had the feeling that I was more gloomy than others, but I also did not think it was a depression. In a depression, I think myself faster to people who really no longer see life and such. And I did not have that. I have never had such thoughts, only notice myself that I can always pull things heavily. That I always see the negative in things and that the positive sometimes comes around the corner, but that does not really weigh up against the negative for me. Somewhere it was quite frankly a relief that “it” now has a name, because I could read about the development on the internet and I know what. But on the other hand, it is another box that you then fit into.

It’ll be fine

As I mentioned in the previous articles, I get help in tackling everything, including in tackling dysthymia. Probably all of it also partly depends on each other, so if I have my eating disorder under control, I will look at myself more positively and think about myself. Because of this I come more to make contacts with others because I feel more confident. And that of course gives positive energy to also look at everything that happens in daily life.

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4 gedachten over “What is dysthymia?

    1. Is het ook wel. Bij alle dingen die het kunnen prikkelen die in het leven gebeuren, blijf ik actief proberen om erboven te staan en de dysthymie niet te laten winnen.

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