Dysthymia meaning

dĭs-thīmē-ə
A mood disorder characterized by periodic depression.
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A mild, chronic form of mental depression.
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A mood disorder characterized by depressive symptoms that persist for two or more years, sometimes subsiding for short periods of time.
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A mood disorder characterized by chronic mild depression.
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A tendency to be depressed, without hope.
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(psychiatry) A form of clinical depression, characterized by low-grade depression which lasts at least 2 years.
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Origin of dysthymia

  • New Latin dysthȳmia from Greek dusthūmiā despondency dus- dys- -thūmiā -thymia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek δυσθυμία (dusthumia, “despondency, despair; ill-temper"), from δυσ- (dus-, “bad") + θυμός (thumos, “soul, spirit").

    From Wiktionary