from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mood disorder characterized by mild depression.
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- n. A tendency to be depressed, without hope.
- n. One form of clinical depression, characterized by low-grade depression which lasts at least 2 years.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mental depression.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mild chronic depression
There are varying degrees of the condition, from major depression, the most severe form, to a less debilitating but still serious version called dysthymia.
If you are feeling "down," you are suffering from depression that is usually short-lived and readily treatable (called dysthymia).
All participants had either major depression or a type of chronic depression called dysthymia, or a combination of both.
For now Prozac's most popular unapproved target is "dysthymia," or chronic discontent that falls short of clinical depression.
(F33), and persistent mood disorders such as dysthymia and cyclothymia (F34).
"dysthymia", which by definition is a mild form of depressive disorder, but without the crippling severity of major depression.
I had lost all interest in my work, and the doctor I saw in desperation diagnosed my condition as dysthymia, a low-grade depression.
As with other forms of depression, there's no blood test or brain scan for dysthymia.
Marriage counseling led her to individual therapy that finally diagnosed dysthymia—mild, chronic depression that can sometimes last for decades.
And about one-quarter of people with dysthymia never do find much relief.