This is the first time I've ever seen dysthymia explained so well. Link to whole article below.
For much of my childhood and young adulthood, I suffered from depression. Although I did have some periods of major depression, the bulk of the time my depression was a type called dysthymia.
Dysthymia is a low-grade form of depression that lasts at least two years, with symptom free periods lasting no longer than two months......Although dysthymia is not as disabling and the symptoms are not as severe as, major depression, it can still destroy a life, by making the person a shadow of what they could be. The best way I can think of to compare major depression with dysthymia is that major depression is like a thunderstorm in your brain or psyche.
Photo: Rainy Day
Devastating, but of a short duration. Dysthymia is like a steady rain under a perpetually gray sky. While the thunderstorm may be more devastating, imagine living with a gray, rainy day in your brain all day, every day...
by Deborah Gray
Monday, January 05, 2009
No one knows what it's like unless they've lived it. Looking back on my life is squinting at the past and not being able to see anything... I said for years that I didn't remember any of my childhood. This is why. I hope that people who say Don't Live In The Past find a way not to judge what they cannot know.