Depression can be a life-changing condition if left unmanaged. Therefore, an initial diagnosis of depression can be overwhelming. If diagnosed with depression, it is important to understand the condition – the symptoms and consequences – and what the next step to take is. There are different types of depression that manifest themselves in different ways and at different times, so knowing what a diagnosis means is crucial to managing and overcoming it.
What is the difference between dysthymia and major depression?The simple answer is severity, but let me expand on this further.Technically, dysthymia is a pervasive "low level" depression that lasts a long time – often a few years. "Major Depression" is a discrete episode of severe depression. When it is gone, the patient is in…