Ricky has Dysthymia, which is a chronic type of depression in which a person's moods are regularly low. The main symptom of dysthymia is a low, dark, or sad mood on most days for at least 2 years. In addition, two or more of the following symptoms will be present almost all of the time that the person has dysthymia:
•Feelings of hopelessness
•Too little or too much sleep
•Low energy or fatigue
•Poor appetite or overeating
The exact cause of Dysthymia is unknown, but it tends to run in families. Ricky's mother had schizophrenia and passed away at 46. Ricky was raised in Nesbit Courts (a housing project) for a while and then went to foster care, where he was cruelly abused.
You obviously know nothing about Ricky. He has overcome a lot of negativity in his life, but he keeps going.
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