Research from the American National Institute of Mental Health states that depressive disordersare a major mental health concern among the US population.

Dysthymia vs. Depression

What is dysthymia? For adults, it is a chronic but less intense version of major depressive disorder, also known as Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD), which must occur consistently for at least 2 years. If you have had almost daily depressive feelings for at least that long and don’t know why you can’t shake these feelings off, I encourage you to talk to your doctor about whether you might be living with PDD. For children and young adults, the symptoms are very similar, but they must persist for more than 1 year. Often people with PDD report not knowing what it feels like not to be depressed. Those living with depression know what it’s like to have a good day. Not surprisingly more women are affected than men, and more African Americans than Caucasians.

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