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What Is Dysthymic Disorder?


You may have heard of Major Depressive Disorder. However, individuals who experience depression may not necessarily have a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder. Instead, they may have a diagnosis of Dysthymic Disorder.

4 thoughts on “What Is Dysthymic Disorder?

  • March 25, 2016 at 2:47 pm


    Thank you for laying out the criteria for dysthymic disorder and for including some information on the specifiers that can be used in diagnosing the disorder. I think it’s helpful to be informed about the various types of depression-related diagnoses that can be made and to understand the symptoms that those diagnosed with dysthymic disorder tend to present with.

    I do, however, want to make you and the readers here aware that the criteria that you outlined in your article (and that the source that you used for your article also outlined) are from the fourth edition (text revision) of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The American Psychiatric Association published a fifth edition of the DSM in 2013, and even though the criteria used to diagnose what used to be called dysthymic disorder are similar to the DSM-IV-TR criteria that you outlined in your article, the name of the disorder has been changed to persistent depressive disorder. Also, under the new DSM-5 criteria, major depressive disorder can precede persistent depressive disorder, and a person diagnosed with persistent depressive disorder can experience major depressive episodes during the course of their condition. More information about the changes that have been made pertaining to dysthymic disorder/persistent depressive disorder with the publication of the DSM-5 can be found at this Psych Central link:

    • March 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Thanks for letting me and the other readers know.

  • March 26, 2016 at 4:12 pm

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    • March 26, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Unfortunately I do not. This blog is about topics related to depression, which is a mood disorder. Hoarding falls under the category of an anxiety disorder.


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