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Chronic depression, also known as dysthymia depression (dysthymic disorder), is considered a low grade or mild depression with symptoms not severe enough to meet the criteria of major depression but what dysthymia lacks in intensity it makes up for in duration.
Lifetime prevalence in the general population is estimated to affect around 3-5% of the general population with women 2-3 times more likely to develop this disorder than men with the disorder beginning in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood and although symptoms resemble those of clinical depression they are less disabling.
Those with dysthymia unlike those with clinical
depression are still capable of day to day
functioning when suffering from depression,
although they don't function as well
as before the depression began. They
can go to work, school or even force a smile
when socializing but often feel they are
just going through the motions, feel tired,
that everything is an effort, have low self
esteem and experience little joy in life
and feel chronically sad.
One alternative form of treatment that studies
have shown to benefit those with mild or
moderate depression are natural antidepressants.
These natural supplements include St John's
Wort and 5-HTP are affordable, largely side
effect free and can be easily purchased from
health food stores without prescription.
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