Dysthymic Disorder | Causes & Risk Factors


What causes dysthymic disorder?

No one knows for sure what causes dysthymia. It may be related to some changes in the brain that involve a chemical called serotonin (say: seer-uh-tone-in). Serotonin helps your brain handle emotions and make judgments. Other medical problems and ongoing life stress may also play a role.

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Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 06/96