What is it?

Cyclothymic disorder is a mood disorder in which the person experiences episodes of ups and downs, less extreme as those in bipolar 1 or 2. Between these episodes, the person may feel stable. These mood changes last for two years at least, and affect the person's life.

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Signs & symptoms

Cyclothymic disorder symptoms in the episodes of elevated mood- hypomanic symptoms such as euphoria, optimism, high self esteem, talking a lot, poor judgement, racing thought, excessive physical activity, less need for sleep, distraction and irritability. In the episodes of decreased mood symptoms may include irritability, weight changes, loss of interest inactivities once considered enjoyable, sleep problems, problems concentrating, and suicidal thoughts.


Cyclothymia diagnosis is based on a psychological evaluation to rule out other disorders such as depression or bipolar.


Treatment may include psychotherapy such as CBT or Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT). No medications are approved so far for cyclothymia but some medications that treat bipolar may be given to ease the symptoms.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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