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Medical Term:

dysthymia

Pronunciation: dis-thi'me-a

Definition: A chronic mood disorder manifested as depression for most of the day, more days than not, accompanied by some of the following symptoms: poor appetite or overeating, insomnia or hypersomnia, low energy or fatigue, low self-esteem, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, and feelings of hopelessness.

See: mood disorders, under disorder, endogenous depression, exogenous depression

[dys- + G. thymos, mind, emotion]

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