Patient : Dear Ask The Doctor: I've been this way since the 10th grade and I'm not quite sure what it is. One moment i would be in a normal mood and then a few minutes later i would be depressed and sometimes i stay that way for the rest of the day and other times i would go back to normal and then back to being depressed. i went through a lot of child abuse as a kid and for a 2 month period i was extremely depressed this past summer. i go to in a depressed really easily the slightest thing can trigger that. Most of the day im in somewhat of a low mood but i can put on a smile and make it seem like im just fine. As a result my grades in school have dropped and im not motivated to do anything especially homework and now im most likely not graduating on time(im a senior now) is it dysthymia or something else?
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