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Difference between dysthymia and depression

Posted by Mare on April 15, 1999, at 8:41:59

I am confused about the difference. About 3 years ago I had some counselling (no meds yet) to handle the breakup with a long-time boyfriend. My therapist told me I had dysthymia, but described it to me as a pessimistic way of approaching life, NOT depression. She gave me a little bit of literature, mostly of the Good Housekeeping magazine type, that confirmed what she said. Well, my pessimistic outlook continued, and I blamed myself for not being more of an optimist. I recently returned to a DIFFERENT therapist (thank God). I told her I had been told I was dysthmic in the past. And this therapist diagnosed me as being clinically depressed. This was all within the first 10 minutes of our first appointment. I am now on Celexa, and feeling GREAT. Can sometime tell me, in LAYMEN'S terms, what happened. Was I misdiagnosed? Sounds like it to me! I am still confused about this issue. Thank you!




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