Dysthymia is a chronic form of depression that occurs for at least two years. It involves fewer symptoms than Major Depressive Disorder. The person may become so ‘used’ to Dysthymia that they may see it as part of their personality.
According to the DSM-IV system, a person may have Dysthymia if their problems are not due to a Major Depressive Disorder and for at least two years they have had:
As with major depression, if you have symptoms it is important to consult a knowledgeable medical practitioner for a proper diagnosis.
American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders (DSM-IV) Washington, American Psychiatric Association.