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Dysthymia Disorders Treated with Cognitive Behavior Therapy CBT at New York Behavioral Health

Dysthymia Description

Dysthymic Disorder, according to the DSM-IV-TR, is a Mood Disorder.  That is the same category as Major Depressive Disorder (Depression) and Bipolar Disorder.  Dysthymia is characterized by depressive symptoms that include at least two of the following:

  • 1) poor appetite or overeating

  • 2) insomnia or hypersomnia

  • 3) low energy or fatigue

  • 4) low self-esteem

  • 5) poor concentration or difficulty making decisions

  • 6) feelings of hopelessness

These symptoms must occur more days than not for at least two years, in order to receive this diagnosis.  Only a professional (e.g., psychologist or psychiatrist) can make such a diagnosis and exclusionary and other relevant criteria exist.