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Persistent Depressive Disorder

Persistent depressive disorder, also known as dysthymia or chronic low mood, is a less intense but more enduring form of depression. It affects women twice as frequently as men.

Persistent depressive disorder (PDD) is a significant and debilitating condition that shares many symptoms with other clinical depression types. It is generally experienced as a milder but longer-lasting form of major depression. PDD was previously termed dysthymia in earlier DSM versions.

PDD is marked by a depressed mood lasting most of the time for at least two years. In younger individuals, the mood may be irritable rather than depressed. Alongside low mood, at least two of these must be present: sleep issues, fatigue, poor self-image, appetite changes, concentration problems, and hopelessness. More severe symptoms typical of major depression are often absent in PDD – including anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure), psychomotor symptoms (particularly sluggishness or agitation), and thoughts of death or suicide.

PDD can occur independently or alongside other mood or psychiatric disorders. Pschological assistance is essential to improve your wellbeing. The AM qualified team will be able to assist you with any type of depression.