The Effects Of Dysthymic Disorder On A Patient 's Quality Of Life

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“Dysthymia is an under-diagnosed mood spectrum disorder that is almost as common as major depression and, if left untreated, has a chronic course which can impact negatively on a patient’s quality of life” (Moch, 2011). Dysthymic disorder is a milder, more chronic form of depression that usually has an early onset, such as in childhood or adolescence, and last at least two years in length for adults and one year in length for children (Knippa, 2011). There are two forms of this disorder. Acute onset is when symptoms appear before the age of twenty one. In late onset, symptoms appear after the age of twenty one and are usually in response to some kind of event (Moch, 2011). The difference in dysthymic disorder and major depression is that the clinical findings in dysthymic disorder are less severe than that of major depression. However dysthymic disorder can progress to major depressive disorder later in life. Although symptoms of dysthymic disorder are less severe it does tend to be a more chronic condition.
For a client to be diagnosed with dysthymia they must exhibit a depressed mood the majority of the day on most days as well as two of the following clinical findings: poor appetite, overeating, insomnia, hypersomnia, fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration, hopelessness, or difficulty making decisions (Moch, 2011). In clients with dysthymic disorder symptoms of depression are in their everyday lives. People with this disorder have never had a major…

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