Dysthymia is another term for depression that is long lasting or chronic. This is not the same as major depressive disorder, in that people that have it can still function, but never find any inner peace or happiness. No one really can understand what causes dysthymia for sure. It could sometimes be related to changes that are hard to deal with in life, or other stress factors. Other times it can be from lack of serotonin getting into the brain. Serotonin is a type of neurotransmitter that plays a role in the balances of mental health. People that have dysthymia
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