Classificationof Dysthymic Disorder

A. Early Onset Dysthymia: Onset occurs before age 21.

B. Late Onset Dysthymia: Onset occurs at age 21 or older.

C. Dysthymia with Atypical Features is accompanied by mood reactivity and at least 2 of the following:

1. Significant weight gain

2. Hypersomnia

3. "Leaden" paralysis, characterized by a feeling of being heavy or weighted down physically.

4. A chronic pattern of rejection sensitivity often results in significant social or occupational dysfunction.

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