WHAT IS IT?
Dysthymic disorder (persistent depressive disorder) is a milder form of major depressive disorder that is more chronic (lasts at least 2 years). Patients may have a depressed mood for most of the time on most days, and they may also experience sleep disturbances and other depressive symptoms BUT THEY NEVER MEET THE CRITERIA FOR A MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE.
- Typically these patients do not need hospitalization
- Patients can care for themselves.
- Do not attempt suicide (generally)
Page Updated: 07.15.2016