Certain factors appear to increase the risk of developing or triggering dysthymia, including:

  • Having a first-degree relative with dysthymia or major depression
  • Stressful life events, such as the loss of a loved one or financial problems
  • Interpersonal dependency where the person relies excessively on approval, reassurance and attention from others and then this approval is significantly reduced or no longer occurs
Dec. 20, 2012