Depression/Persistent depressive disorder

Depression—or major depressive disorder (MDD), the term for clinical depression—is one of the most common mental health conditions, affecting an estimated 350 million people in all age groups. Depression isn’t the same as being sad. It’s normal to feel blue or unmotivated from time to time, but depression is more constant. And, it has a real, biological basis. It’s a serious mood disorder that can negatively impact your health and quality of life, as well as those closest to you. Persistent depressive disorder, also called dysthymia (dis-THIE-me-uh), is a continuous long-term (chronic) form of depression. You may lose interest in normal daily activities, feel hopeless, lack productivity, and have low self-esteem and an overall feeling of inadequacy. These feelings last for years and may significantly interfere with your relationships, school, work and daily activities