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2. Dysthymic Disorder vs. Bipolar Disorder

Dysthymia does not include the manic, up and down symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. If someone suffers from rapid changes in mood, they may have another disorder called cyclothymia. Indications of dysthymia include low-grade, chronic episodes of depression rather than the extremes of mood associated with bipolar disorder. People with dysthymia will feel depressed for periods of time, but they do not exhibit manic or hyperactive behavior indicative of bipolar disorder. Instead, dysthymia patients simply feel less depressed during times when the disorder is not acute enough to cause isolating or suicidal behavior.

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