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a chronic mood disorder characterized by depressed feeling (sad, blue, low), loss of interest or pleasure in one's usual activities, and other symptoms typical of depression but tending to be longer in duration and less severe than in major depressive disorder.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. a chronic disturbance of mood characterized by mild depression or loss of interest in usual activities.
2. a DSM diagnosis is established when the specified criteria are met.
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dysthymic disorderMinor depression psychiatry A condition characterized by '…a chronically depressed mood that occurs for most of the day, for more days than not, for at least 2 yrs…(persons so afflicted) describe their mood as sad or 'down in the dumps'. Cf Major depressive episode.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
dys·thy·mic dis·or·der(dis-thī'mik dis-ōr'dĕr)
A chronic disturbance of mood characterized by mild depression or loss of interest in usual activities.
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