It’s estimated that about 6 percent of the general population suffers from chronic depression, a condition frequently called dysthymia (or dysthymic disorder). What’s upsetting is that many people may not even be aware they have it. Commonly chalked up to bad moods or pessimism, those suffering from chronic depression may just feel that a negative worldview is part of how their personality is programmed.
A recent interview transcribed on Harvard Health Publications noted a difference in the varying levels of chronic depression.
What we do know about chronic depression is that those suffering from it tend to be more pessimistic toward themselves and others, have higher rates of social impairment, and can appear as dependent or avoidant. Comorbid conditions like anxiety or substance abuse are more likely in those with chronic depression.
If you or someone you know experiences frequent bouts of depressed or low moods, take a look at the duration of these symptoms. Have they lasted for days, weeks, months or years? It’s important to note that persistent conditions such as those mentioned above do not disappear immediately just by changing one’s outlook. Chronic depression often requires long-term treatment as the occurrences of relapse can be high.
Here are some symptoms of depression that you may want to look out for:
Treatment options for chronic depression often include a combination of behavioral and pharmacological approaches. Again, chronic depression frequently requires long-term maintenance in order to avoid relapses.
It’s not just a “bad mood.” Chronic depression is a condition that can affect every area of your life and the lives of those around you. It’s a serious illness that should be treated by a professional. You can call us and speak confidentially with a representative to learn more about the treatment options available to you. This illness doesn’t have to claim your life; let us help you find a way to overcome chronic depression.