dysthymia

noun
dys·​thy·​mia | \dis-ˈthī-mē-ə \

Definition of dysthymia 

: a mood disorder characterized by chronic mildly depressed or irritable mood often accompanied by other symptoms (such as eating and sleeping disturbances, fatigue, and poor self-esteem)

called also dysthymic disorder

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dysthymic \-​ˈthī-​mik \ adjective or noun

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Silverman explains that in the DSM-5, experts essentially collapsed two mood disorders—chronic major depressive disorder and dysthymia—into one: PDD. Claire Gillespie, SELF, "What Exactly Does It Mean to Have ‘High-Functioning’ Depression?," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of dysthymia

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysthymia

New Latin

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dysthymia

noun
dys·​thy·​mia | \dis-ˈthī-mē-ə \

Medical Definition of dysthymia 

: a mood disorder characterized by chronic mildly depressed or irritable mood often accompanied by other symptoms (as eating and sleeping disturbances, fatigue, and poor self-esteem)

called also dysthymic disorder

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