DEPRESSION comes in many forms, with people having all kinds of symptoms.
It can simply be used as a term to describe a temporary depression or a diagnosed serious mental illness.
Will Young has opened up about his brother’s battle with dysthymia – an ongoing depressive disorder.
His twin Rupert tragically took his own life after years of struggling with his mental health and alcohol.
What is dysthymia?
It is a continuous and long-term form of depression.
It can see that people who have it lose interest in daily activities and feel hopeless and unproductive.
These feelings can last for years and mean people just think you’re “gloomy.”
The American Psychiatric Association defines dysthymia as a depressed mood lasting at least two years.
It also includes people who have at least two of the symptoms in the list below.
It’s a serious condition and not a “mild” form of depression — it’s about as common as major depression, but sometimes harder to diagnose.
Experts believe it is more common in women than men and occurs earlier in life.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can come and go over several years and are not always as severe.
But while they can disappear, they usually won’t be gone for more than two months at a time.
In addition, depressive episodes, sometimes referred to as double depression, may occur before or during the period of suffering from dysthymia.
Symptoms of an ongoing depressive disorder may include:
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Sadness, emptiness or depression
- tiredness and lack of energy
- Low self-esteem, self-criticism, or feeling incapable
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Irritability or excessive anger
- Decreased activity, effectiveness and productivity
- avoidance of social activities
- Feelings of guilt and worry about the past
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- sleep disturbance
In children, symptoms of persistent depressive disorder can include depressed mood and irritability.
What did Will Young say about the condition and his brother?
His brother Rupert took his own life almost two years ago after a long battle with depression and alcohol addiction.
Now Will, 43, speaks for the first time since the death of his twin in a Channel 4 documentary, which airs tonight.
Commenting on Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert, he said: “It’s important to tell my story, Rupert’s story, my family’s story and the story of 20 years of living with my twin who was an alcoholic.
“Other people will experience this and I don’t want them to feel alone.”
In 2005, Rupert discovered that his experiences at school – where he and Will were allegedly abused – had triggered mental health issues.
He has been diagnosed with a form of chronic depression called dysthymia, which causes a low mood.
Getting to the bottom of his problems spurred him on to help others – so in 2008 he started a mental health charity, the Mood Foundation, which raised thousands of pounds.
In July 2020, Rupert was hospitalized after threatening to jump off Westminster Bridge.
He was released three days later before committing suicide in the same place.
Will has also been open about his own mental health struggles, admitting he has spent £500,000 on therapy to help battle his own addiction.
Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert airs tonight at 10.05pm on Channel 4.
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