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5 most common types of depression

2. Persistent depressive disorder

Also known as dysthymia, persistent depressive disorder refers to a type of chronic depression present for more days than not for at least two years. It can be mild, moderate or severe. While it is not as intense as major depression, it can still strain relationships and make daily tasks difficult. The severity can vary so that some months are worse than others. Some people also have episodes of major depression before or while they have a persistent depressive disorder. Some symptoms of persistent depression include:

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  • Deep sadness or hopelessness
  • Low self-esteem or feelings of inadequacy
  • Lack of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Appetite changes
  • Changes to sleep patterns or low energy
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Difficulty functioning at school or work
  • Inability to feel joy, even on happy occasions
  • Social withdrawal

Treatment often involves the use of medication and psychotherapy.

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