What were your symptoms of persistent depressive disorder?
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What are persistent depressive disorder symptoms and signs?
In order to meet criteria for the diagnosis of persistent depressive disorder, a person must experience depression, which can look like (present as) a loss of interest or general discontent (may be irritability or excessive anger in children and adolescents) most of every day, more days than not for at least two years in a row in adults, and one year for children and teens. The persistent depressive disorder sufferer will not have more than a two-month symptom-free period during the course of the illness and must experience at least two of the following signs and symptoms of this type of depression:
Loss of appetite or excessive hunger
Insomnia or excess sleepiness
Fatigue or other physical symptoms; slowness in activity and thought
Low self-esteem/feelings of inadequacy
Lack of concentration or making decisions
A person with persistent depressive disorder can also have major depression but does not suffer from cyclothymia, never has the mania or hypomania of bipolar disorder, and does not have symptoms that are better explained by another mental-health problem, the effects of a medication, drug of abuse, or medical condition.