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pertaining to or characterized by cyclothymia.
cyclothymic disorder a mood disorder characterized by numerous alternating short cycles of hypomanic and depressive periods with symptoms like those of manic and major depressive episodes but of lesser severity.


1. Synonym(s): cyclothymic disorder
2. An ICD-10 classification that also includes cyclythymic and cycloid personality types.
[cyclo- + G. thymos, rage]


/cy·clo·thy·mia/ (si″klo-thi´me-ah) cyclothymic disorder.


A mood disorder characterized by alternating periods of elevated and depressed mood that are milder than those typical of bipolar disorder. Also called cyclothymic disorder.

cy′clo·thy′mic (-mĭk) adj. & n.


A mild form of bipolar disorder in which the patient fluctuates between periods of hypomanic symptoms and periods of mild to moderate depression.

• Talk—Cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy.
• Drugs—Anticonvulsants (e.g., valproic acid, divalproex, lamotrigine); Seroquel (a multitarget molecular antagonist), Klonopin, lithium.


A mental disorder characterized by marked swings of mood from depression to hypomania but not to the degree that occurs in bipolar disorder.
[cyclo- + G. thymos, rage]


A mood disorder featuring swings from elation to depression. Severe cyclothymia is sometimes known as a manic-depressive psychosis. Many normal people have cyclothymic personalities.

cyclothymia (sī´klōthī´mēə),

Patient discussion about cyclothymia

Q. Does anyone else out there suffer from 'cyclothymia'? I cycle between depression and low-normal moods. It seems as though the depression is always lurking, ready to take me over. Sometimes I wish I got the mania (or more truthfully, the hypo-mania) so as to give me some real relief from the depression.

A. The depression is kind of like a wolf lurking in the bushes waiting to leap on you and tear you apart isn't it. I don't understand it all. Hopefully you are under a doctor's care and are going to see your doctor regularly and taking your prescribed medicine. If not, its time to go and get help. Your doctor can prescribe from a large range of medications to help and can recommend seeing a psychologist or therapist, if needed. Alot of all this is some kind of complicated chemical imbalance in the brain. Hopefully you have a friend to talk stuff out with. That's really good if you can. Also getting into a routine for some exercise, like walking is good. I am a depressive only. Its dark almost all the time for me. You're right about those good days, they never seem to last long enough before that "wolf" strikes again.

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A. I work in a Kidney Dialysis unit so I can tell one thing Diabetes is the number one cause of Kidney Failure and you only have one. So, monitor yourself very close and any sign of problems go see a doctor and head it off at the pass if you can.

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