Everyone experiences the occasional bout of sadness, whether the cause is a personal experience or something that has occurred on a broader scope. It becomes a problem when it starts to affect daily functioning and changes physical and mental wellbeing. That is when it becomes clinical depression, but if the condition continues to spiral downward for the long-term, a person is diagnosed with dysthymia or neurotic depression. Several key factors must be examined to find successful treatment plans.
Apart from being misdiagnosed with normal sadness or clinical depression, there are a number of other serious conditions for which dysthymia is compared. Common misdiagnoses include the cluster group of Multiple sclerosis, lupus, Lyme Disease, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, and diabetes. Undiagnosed stroke, an over-diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, ADHD in adults, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, undiagnosed depression in teenagers, and undiagnosed anxiety disorders are other conditions often misdiagnosed as dysthymia.