Dysthymic Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Disthymic Disorder Causes, Dysthymia Causes, Depression Causes, Neurotic Depression Causes, Mood Disorder Causes, Chronic Depression Causes, Depression - Chronic Causes, Persistent Depressive Disorder Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Dysthymic Disorder?

Experts are not sure what causes Dysthymic Disorder (Dysthymia) 3. This form of chronic depression is thought to be related to brain changes that involve serotonin, a chemical or neurotransmitter that aids the brain in coping with emotions. Factors that are thought to increase the chances of Dysthymic Disorder include:

  • Major life stressors
  • Chronic illness
  • Medications
  • Relationship issues
  • Work problems

There are also other factors that might contribute to Dysthymic Disorder:

  • Sleep problems - Sleep Studies show that a decrease in rapid eye movement (REM) latency and increased REM density are two markers of depression in major depressive disorder that also occur in a significant proportion of patients with Dysthymic Disorder.
  • Psychosocial factors - relationships with other people and their environment can possibly cause Dysthymic Disorder.

Could You Have Dysthymic Disorder?

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