Here’s a post about the 7 Signs and Symptoms of Dysthymia, also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD).
What are the differences between dysthymia and Major Depressive Disorder?
Namely, the PDD duration usually lasts up to 2 years or longer. The day-to-day symptoms of PDD are usually less severe than MDD, and the physical symptoms (lethargy, appetite changes) are more muted.
However, this does not mean that PDD is less severe than MDD — the fact is, thousands of people live their whole lives without knowing they have PDD and seeking appropriate help.
They wonder, “What’s wrong with me?”, knowing that their symptoms aren’t as severe as what is stereotypically known to be depression.
But it is still depression nonetheless, and it absolutely is a living Hell.
7 Signs and Symptoms of Dysthymia
Dysthymia, or Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD), is a form of chronic depression where the symptoms are milder than Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), but they last much longer: at least 2 years.
Here are some signs of it
People around you say that you are ‘moody’ most of the time or constantly ask if you’re okay
Daily chores and work/ school tasks can still be done, but there’s no sense of joy. It feels like doing things just for the sake of doing them.
3. Vivid dreaming:
Vivid dreaming at an unusually early rate when you go to sleep (Rapid Eye Movement, or REM sleep)
Indecisiveness and poor concentration, mostly from not seeing any point in doing things
Social relationships suffer when you stop showing up, people start leaving you alone causing you to feel guilty for disappointing them
6. Insomnia and Hypersomnia:
Chronic insomnia (sleeping too little) or hypersomnia (sleeping too much), a very inconsistent sleep schedule
7. Double Depression:
“Double Depression”: When major depressive episodes hit at the same time, causing you to accept that depression is a part of your life
The difference between PDD and MDD is that, apart from the longer duration, PDD often has lesser physical symptoms like fatigue and appetite changes. The social and mood aspects are usually more prominent.
Do not think of PDD as ‘in between’ MDD and mental well-being it can be even more disabling than MDD. Some people go their whole lives without even knowing they have PDD when they accept that life is just ‘like that’.
So in This Post, 7 Signs and Symptoms of Dysthymia What other points can you think of/have experienced? Let me know in the comments.
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