from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mood disorder characterized by mild depression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


New Latin dysthȳmia, from Greek dusthūmiā, despondency : dus-, dys- + -thūmiā, -thymia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek δυσθυμία (dysthymia, "melancholy"), from δυσ- (dys-, "bad") + θυμός (thymos, "spirit, courage"). (Wiktionary)


  • There are varying degrees of the condition, from major depression, the most severe form, to a less debilitating but still serious version called dysthymia.

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  • If you are feeling "down," you are suffering from depression that is usually short-lived and readily treatable (called dysthymia).

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  • All participants had either major depression or a type of chronic depression called dysthymia, or a combination of both.

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  • For now Prozac's most popular unapproved target is "dysthymia," or chronic discontent that falls short of clinical depression.

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  • (F33), and persistent mood disorders such as dysthymia and cyclothymia (F34).

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  • "dysthymia", which by definition is a mild form of depressive disorder, but without the crippling severity of major depression.

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  • I had lost all interest in my work, and the doctor I saw in desperation diagnosed my condition as dysthymia, a low-grade depression.

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  • As with other forms of depression, there's no blood test or brain scan for dysthymia.

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  • Marriage counseling led her to individual therapy that finally diagnosed dysthymia—mild, chronic depression that can sometimes last for decades.

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  • And about one-quarter of people with dysthymia never do find much relief.

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