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Childhood Mental Health: Dysthymic Disorder (Dysthymia)

This less severe yet typically more chronic form of depression is diagnosed when depressed mood persists for at least 1 year in children or adolescents and is accompanied by at least 2 other symptoms of major depression .

Dysthymia is associated with an increased risk for developing major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder , and substance abuse.

Treatment of dysthmia may prevent the deterioration to more severe illness. If dysthymia is suspected in a young patient, referral to a mental health specialist is indicated for a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and appropriate treatment.

The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken from the following source(s):
1. National Institute of Mental Health:

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