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Abstract:Dysthymia is a depression which is lighter and less severe.
What is dysthymia?
Less severe depression has been awarded many labels, including neurotic depression, minor depression, and reactive depression (not depression as a reaction to circumstances but when reactivity to the events of the surroundings is preserved). It is now termed dysthymia, a persistent low grade condition. This may be complicated by episodes of more severe depression, resulting in "double" depression in which resolution of the more severe syndrome is difficult to judge.