Dysthymia is also known as persistent depressive disorder and is a form of chronic depression. People with dysthymia usually experience long-lasting feelings of hopelessness and disinterest in daily activities. The disorder has negative effects on a person’s daily life and can be hard on family members as well.
People with dysthymia may abuse alcohol or drugs to cope with their symptoms, but substance abuse usually worsens dysthymia. If you think you might have dysthymia, you are not alone, and effective treatment options exist.
Assessing Your Risk of Dysthymia
Wondering whether you have dysthymia? To see whether your symptoms match dysthymia symptoms, you can take a free, confidential self-assessment. Keep in mind, though, that a quiz is not an official diagnosis as only a medical professional can diagnose dysthymia. An assessment can help you evaluate your symptoms and determine if you should seek professional care.