A “down” or depressed mood more often than not that can inhibit functioning in many areas of life. Research indicates that talk therapy is highly efficacious in treating dysthymic and depressive symptoms. Having a third party’s perspective often helps individuals gain insight into how certain variable may impact the way we think and act.

– Down or depressed mood for extended period of time (at least 2 years) Dysthymia is similar to major depressive disorder in many ways but does not affect functioning. Individuals that present with dysthymia usually report a “flat” mood but are able to complete their daily tasks at home and at work.