• Mild depression, also known as dysthymia, is a chronic form of depression. Though not as severe as major depression, it is a mental illness that requires professional treatment.


    If a person has mild depression, he will have poor appetite, lack of energy, sleep problems, low self-esteem, feelings of sadness and guilt, trouble concentrating and a low level of productivity.


    The three causes of dysthymia are due to genetics, difficult environments and biochemical imbalances.


    Mild depression is not debilitating at first, but it can lead to deeper problems if it goes untreated. Hopelessness, lack of effort and suicidal thoughts could result in untreated dysthymia.


    Most dysthymia can be treated by psychotherapy, but patients may also opt for prescription drugs. In either case, you should always see a doctor if you think you suffer from dysthymia.


    There isn't a way to prevent dysthymia, but, if signs and symptoms emerge, immediate action should be taken. The earlier dysthymia is treated, the easier it will be to cope with.


    Mayo Clinic: Dysthymia

    Harvard Health Publication: Dysthymia

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