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  • Also dysthymia.

    March 14, 2009

  • "According to the World Health Organization, depression is now the fifth leading cause of death and disability in the world, while ischemic heart disease trails in sixth place. Fatalities occur most dramatically through suicide, but even the mild form of depression—called dysthemia and characterized by an inability to experience pleasure—can kill by increasing a person's vulnerability to serious somatic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease."

    —Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 131–132

    March 14, 2009