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Dysthymic Disorder is a term used in psychiatry to describe an ongoing depression that may not be as severe as a major depressive disorder, but is chronic. Dysthymia often lasts for years, and for some people, has lasted as long as they can remember.
The symptoms may be similar to those of major depressive disorder, but milder (fewer and less severe symptoms). The diagnosis is usually made when the symptoms have lasted for at least two years.
At any time of day or night, if you feel that you or someone you know is at significant risk, you should call Campus Security at (212) 854-5555 (or 99 from any campus phone). The officer on duty will take immediate and appropriate action on your behalf. This may range from contacting the counselor on call to assisting a student who needs immediate hospitalization.
In an acute crisis, students can always dial "911".
For urgent medical issues when Medical Services is closed contact the clinician-on-call at (212) 854-9797.
Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (CU-EMS) is a student-operated and NY State certified volunteer ambulance corps that provides pre-hospital emergency medical treatment and transport. Dial 99 from any on-campus phone or (212) 854-5555.
- St. Luke's-Roosevelt Psychiatric ER (212) 523 -3347
- NYC Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Hygiene 1-800-LIFENET)*
- Columbia University Department of Public Safety
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center - Paper