It’s normal to feel down every once in a while, but for people with male dysthymia, it’s a constant state of being. Because it has been a part of them for so long, they assume that feeling depressed is a part of life and their identity.
Compound these feelings with society’s expectations and media portrayals that we should always be happy, and dysthymia becomes even more confusing. We know we should be cheerful but can’t. Instead, we’re constantly irritable and pessimistic. Other people might refer to us as gloomy, downers or complainers.
The stress of knowing we’re supposed to behave one way, yet we feel another, can become unbearable and develop into a major depressive episode if left untreated. The good news is that chronic depression does not have to be a part of your identity or your life.
Dysthymia is less severe than other types of depression, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less serious. It has similar but lower intensity symptoms and has been present for at least two years.
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