Thursday, September 18, 2008


Dysthymia is like having a low grade fever. You feel irritable, lack energy, inability to concentrate, or make decisions, can be pessimistic, negative, and have a poor self-image. It can be chronic to the point that one feels it's a part of their personality. Dysthymia I have had for years. Occasionally, Major Depression will rear its ugly head too, depending on what's going on in my life; loss of a job or extreme stress can make it show up. I used to think that my depression - Major Depression and Dysthymia was mainly due to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, but I have realized that environmental factors such as the physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse played a major factor. Living with one parent with mercurial and destructive moods and another who was silent and withdrawn, are some of the factors that brought about my Dysthymia. I walked around on eggshells, always fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. Not surprisingly, it wasn't a loving home, either. Treatment for dysthymia is the same as for other kinds of depression - therapy/medication, having a good support system of friends, exercise, eating well, yoga, meditation, and Prayer.

Symptons of Dysthymia:
an overwhelming yet chronic state of depression, exhibited by a depressed mood for most of the days, for more days than not, for at least 2 years
Poor appetite or overeating
Insomnia or hypersomnia
Low energy or fatigue
Low self-esteem
Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
Feelings of hopelessness


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