Dysthymia: is a mood disorder that falls within the depression spectrum. It is considered a chronic depression, but with less severity than a major depression.
I was diagnosed with this disorder in 2006, 22 years after my stroke. Apparantly I had been suffering from dysthymia ever since my stroke in 1984. At the time of my stroke I saw a psychologist at the rehab hospital. Shouldn't she have seen I was suffering from depression. I think she was more worried about my family. Poor them, what was I thinking, having a stroke and they had to look afterme. How unfeeling of me. I did not realize I was suffering from depression, I was too busy making my family's life miserable, rather I was keeping everything inside and because I didn't cry I thought I was being strong, so I never thought I was depressed. In 2001 when I had a burnout and had to retire on a sisability pension, nobody ever attributed my illness to the stroke almost 20 years before. I saw a psychologist again in 2006 because of my attention deficit, short term memory problems and depression. He was the one who diagnosed me with dysthymia, no wonder I had a major burnout, I had been dysthymic (depressed)since my stroke in '84.