Dysthymia - Causes

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What are causes and risk factors for dysthymia?

As with most mental-health disorders, dysthymia does not have one single definitive cause. Rather, people with this illness tend to have a number of biological, psychological, and environmental risk factors that contribute to its development. Different areas of the brain of people with dysthymia tend to respond differently to negative emotions like fear and sadness, as well as to some physical sensations compared to the brains of people without the disorder. Genetic risk factors for developing dysthymic disorder include the tendency for those who suffer from this illness to have a family member who also suffer from either dysthymia, major depression, or a personality disorder. Significant stress during childhood or adulthood and having negative social supports are psychosocial risk factors for dysthymia.

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