Definition of dysphoria in English:


Pronunciation /disˈfôrēə/ /dɪsˈfɔriə/

See synonyms for dysphoria


  • A state of unease or generalized dissatisfaction with life.

    The opposite of euphoria

    ‘adolescents with depression, dysphoria, mania, and anxiety disorders’
    • ‘Post has suggested a clinical continuum of euphoria, dysphoria and paranoid psychosis that occurs with regular cocaine use that is related to dosage, genetics and previous exposure.’
    • ‘Researchers found that sociotropy and negative affect were nonspecifically and positively correlated with both dysphoria and anxiety in 485 undergraduates.’
    • ‘There is, in fact, evidence that benzodiazepines are of greater benefit when used to treat either patients with moderate to high levels of anxiety or dysphoria.’
    • ‘One study examines the impact of psychosocial intervention and medication on post-heart attack dysphoria; another examines a stress- and anger-management intervention.’
    • ‘While both tasks resulted in an improved mood for the nondysphoric participants, only the distraction task lifted the spirits of those with dysphoria.’


Mid 19th century from Greek dusphoria, from dusphoros ‘hard to bear’.