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