Most cases of depression are mild. When symptoms are mild, most people ignore them and are never treated, leaving themselves chronically, emotionally disabled but unaware of it. Researchers estimate that at least six percent of the population are chronically unhappy, or in a state of mild depression. This state of mild depression has now been termed ‘Dysthymia.’
People with this form of depression are very susceptible to becoming severely depressed with advancing years or increasing stress. Fortunately, mild depression and Dysthymia respond to the same treatments as severe depression.
You may be suffering from Dysthymia if the following symptoms apply to you:
You have suffered from a depressed mood most of the time for most days for at least two years with at least two of the following:
- poor appetite or overeating,
- insomnia or oversleeping,
- low energy, always tired,
- low self esteem,
- poor concentration and difficulty making decisions,
- feelings of hopelessness; and these symptoms have interfered with your social or work life.