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Dysthymic Disorder Among Adults - Key Statistics and Prevalence

     

Dysthymic disorder is characterized by chronic low-level depression. While the depression is not as severe as that characterizing major depressive disorder, a diagnosis of dysthymia requires having experienced a combination of depressive symptoms for two years or more. Dysthymic disorder affects approximately 1.5 percent of the adult population in the United States.

  • 3% of the population may be affected by Dysthymic Disorder. Within a lifetime it appears to affect approximately 6%.
  • Dysthymic Disorder is more common in women, younger than 64 years old, than men.
  • There are no gender differences for incidence rates.
  • It is more common in unmarried and young persons.
  • It is also common with persons with low incomes.

Dysthymic Disorder Among Adults - Key Statistics and Prevalence


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