We hear all the time about people being depressed for one reason or another or for several reasons at once. So many things can lead to depression and really cause a person to become dysfunctional and in need of serious help. Dealing with the pain and limitations of arthritis is really tough and I feel like I am getting “down”. My very good friend Matt has his masters in psychology and has studied and helped people with depression and other depression-type conditions. As I was thinking about depression and about getting depressed, I thought that perhaps there was a condition like depression but less severe – like maybe a “recession” emotionally. Considering that this might be a problem for me, I called Matt and posed the question, “in the economy we see depressions and less severe recessions, is there such a thing with people? Is there a kind of personal “recession”? He told me right away “yes, it’s called Dysthymia”. He told me about it and had me look up some articles on it.
Apparently depression and dysthymia can happen in people who suffer from injuries or disappointments. Since life changes after injuries and change is tough to deal with, it makes sense that it happens.
Here is some of what I found out about it:
Dysthymia, or low-grade depression, is less severe than major depression but more chronic. It occurs twice as often in women as in men.
- American Psychiatric Association
- National Library of Medicine
- Harvard Medical School (2005). Dysthymia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Health Publications.