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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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The main difference between cyclothymia and bipolar I is in the severity of mania, and the difference between cyclothymia and bipolar II in the severity of depressive symptoms.
People who have more or less continuous mood fluctuations, as people with cyclothymia do, can end up with more limitations in life than people with major disorders," Goodwin said.
The German psychiatrist Ewald Hecker introduced the concept of cyclothymia in 1877, but its definition has evolved from a mild problem with mood to its current status, in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), as a mood disorder alongside bipolar disorder and major depression.
People who come in during a down period of cyclothymia may be misdiagnosed with--and mistreated for--unipolar depression.
Yet it wasn't until three years ago that Solomon, now 42, learned there is a word for the mood swings that have affected him since his youth: cyclothymia.
Linda Sexton was diagnosed with cyclothymia in 1983, when her children were toddlers.
Gradually, her cyclothymia got worse, especially when she was treated with antidepressants.
At this point, diagnosing cyclothymia isn't an exact science.
There isn't much point in treating cyclothymia without mood stabilizers," Goodwin said.
It wasn't until she began treatment with a new psychotherapist that she was diagnosed with cyclothymia and put on a mood stabilizer.
Not only can antidepressants throw someone with cyclothymia into mania, they can boost the risk of having the disorder evolve into full-blown bipolar, Goodwin said.
The highs of cyclothymia are characterized by symptoms of an elevated mood (hypomanic symptoms), which resemble those of mania but are less severe.