1. I have a question about Hypothalmia. I know that this is a Low grade depression, but can anyone tell me anything more than this?
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  3. by   KaraLea
    Sorry, I meant Dysthymia

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  4. by   Mary Dover
    KaraLea, Glad you clarified that.
    Here's the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for dysthymia:
    1.Occurs over a 2 year period (1 year for children and adolescents), presence of depressed mood.
    2.Sx cause clinically significant distress in social, occupational, and other important areas of functioning.
    3. Presence of 2 or more of the following:
    Decreased or increased appetite
    Insomnia or hypersomnia
    Anergia or chronic fatigue
    Decreased sef-esteem
    Poor concentration or difficulty making decisions
    Perceived inability to cope with routine responsibilities
    Feelings of hopelessness and despair
    Pessimistic about the future, brooding over the past, or feeling sorry for self
    Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

    Hope the info helps.
    Last edit by Mary Dover on May 27, '02