allesfresser (allesfresser) wrote in ed_ucate,
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not quite depression, but...?

i heard a little about the following psychological conditions from a friend who was in AA for a long time and recently endured a tough break-up. he doesn't know i had/have an ED, but he almost gently suggested that i might want to examine myself more closely with regard to these conditions (oh yeah, and he and i dated for a short time last spring; also, my dad's an alcoholic... lovely...):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysthemia
"Dysthemia (distinct from but commonly mistaken for dysthymia) is a psychological juxtaposition of balancing character traits which induce a withdrawal illness marked by maladaptive dissociate behavior.
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Symptoms
Dysthemia features general symptoms associated with depression, including withdrawal, tiredness, mood-swings, etc. Uniquely, dysthemic persons will change their personality characteristics; however, the underlying personality will not change. Sufferers will shift their desires and needs to those around them, creating a conflict with their own inner or "true needs". This differs from schizoid personality changes in that dysthemics don't eliminate their underlying identity, only the cortical surface..."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysphoria
"Dysphoria is the opposite of euphoria. It is generally characterized as a feeling of emotional and/or mental discomfort, restlessness, malaise, and depression. A person suffering from dysphoria will feel that 'Things aren't the way they are supposed to be.' . . . Chronic dysphoric mood states may also be a contributing factor in the development of eating disorders and depression.

Dysphoria can be differentiated from depression in that it tends to be an agitated feeling..."

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: what do you think of the (brief) descriptions of these conditions, or about them in general if you're already familiar? can you identify w/what they describe? moreover, have you ever wondered if you're more often/severely depressed than many people yet not quite clinically depressed?
if you feel/are depressed or, for example, dysphoric, how do you find that this manifests itself when you do or do NOT engage in ED symptoms?

*edit: follow the link from the dysthemia article to that on dysthymia if you're interested--it's another condition in the depression 'family.'
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