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dysthymia


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1 A mild but chronic depressive mood (1) state, not severe enough to lead to a diagnosis of depression or dysthymic disorder.

2 A term used by the German-born British psychologist Hans J(ürgen) Eysenck (1916–97) for people scoring high on measures of neuroticism and introversion and manifesting traits of anxiety, depression, and compulsions. [From Greek dys- bad or abnormal + thymos spirit + -ia indicating a condition or quality]


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