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I was diagnosed with clinical depression at about the age of 14, although I had displayed symptoms for years prior. I am now 35. I have had countless episode's over the past 21 years, sought numerous types treatments at over a handful of hospital systems and health providers, and yet the state of my disease has gotten progressively worse. Recently, I was diagnosed with Persistent Depressive Disorder or dismythia (defined as a low mood occurring for at least two years, along with at least two other symptoms of depression including lost interest in normal activities, hopelessness, low self-esteem, low appetite, low energy, sleep changes, and poor concentration).