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It can be unbearable to imagine your child suffering the feelings of sadness, lethargy and discouragement caused by a depressive disorder like dysthymia—but it’s important to know that there’s hope. As awareness of adult mental health disorders has dramatically increased in recent years, so too has understanding of the many kinds of mood disorders that affect children.
While major depression is a well-known illness, dysthymia—also known as dysthymic disorder—is less familiar to most people. Like major depression, dysthymia is a mood disorder.
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches dysthymia
Children’s Hospital Boston has long been at the forefront of providing expert, compassionate care to children and adolescents with mental and behavioral health problems. Our Department of Psychiatry team members are leaders in researching, diagnosing and treating dysthymia and other depressive disorders, as well as:
Children’s approach to mental health care is evidence-based—which means that our treatments have been tested and proven effective through scientific studies, both here at our hospital and by other leading institutions worldwide.
Dysthymia: Reviewed by David R. DeMaso, MD
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