Dysphoria is a state of mental discomfort or suffering. When you feel dysphoria — and we hope you rarely do — you feel depressed and awful.

Euphoria is a state of joy or bliss: dysphoria is the opposite. It’s a state of unease, anxiety, and misery. Dysphoria is very similar to depression, which is also a form of extreme sadness. This is a strong word for more than being bummed: it indicates true misery. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a well-known literary figure who wrestles with dysphoria.

Definitions of dysphoria

n abnormal depression and discontent

euphoria, euphory
a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
Type of:
sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy
discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
a longing for something better than the present situation

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