Cyclothymic Disorder

Young Man with Disorder

Defining Cyclothymic Disorder

Cyclothymic disorder, more commonly known as cyclothymia, is a mood disorder similar in nature to bipolar disorder. Although cyclothymia may be mistaken for bipolar mood disorderbut it is not as extreme. Like bipolar disorder, Cyclothymis also causes highs and lows in a person’s mood; the highs and lows are similar to bipolar disorder type II. Cyclothymia greatly affects day-to-day functioning and unforeseen mood swings may lead to health risks as well as strained relationships with others.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Depression
  • Elevation in mood or euphoria
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Social withdrawal
  • Sleep problems
  • Increased self-esteem

Causes and Risk Factors

A person’s genetics play a vital role in Cyclothymia. It has a genetic component and therefore may run in families. Cyclothymia affects psychological wellbeing and can impact one’s social life. Risks factors for cyclothymia may include:

  • Work dissatisfaction
  • Low self-worth
  • Family history of mood disorders
  • Drug and alcohol abuse

People with cyclothymia ultimately have trouble with gaining control of their mood swings. If not treated, major health problems may result such as:

  • Irregular Behavior
  • Depression
  • Death


The best treatment to cure cyclothymia is counseling provided in a rehabilitation facility that specializes in its treatment, and psychiatric medication prescribed by a medical professional. It is important to seek psychiatric help for Cyclothymia. There are various anti-depressant drugs and medication available to manage cyclothymia such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc. None of these medications should be taken without a prescription from a physician.


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