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What would classify as cyclothymia?

What would classify as cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia can be thought of as a low grade version of bipolar disorder. That is to say, cyclothymics do experience similar mood swings, but not to the intensity of those experienced by those suffering from bipolar disorder. A psychiatric evaluation is in order with appropriate mood stabilizing meds as needed and a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cyclothymia (Definition)

Is something like a mild form of bipolar disorder. Patients typically cycle through phases of hypomania and depression, but not rapidly as happens in bipolar disorder and the symptoms aren't as severe; you also have to have these problems for a period of at least two years for the syndrome to be considered cyclothymia. You can think of it as a ...Read more


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What is cyclothymia?

What is cyclothymia?

A mood disorder: Cyclothymia disorder occurs for at least 2 years in adults: 1 year in children & adolescents, where a person experiences many periods of chronic fluctuating moods. There are periods of hypomania symptoms (which do not meet the criteria for mania) and depressive symptoms (which do not meet the criteria for major depression). The mood changes are not due to a medical condtion or substance abuse. ...Read more

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What is cyclothymia. Please explain?

What is cyclothymia. Please explain?

Mild form of bipolar: Cyclothymia is a significantly milder version of bipolar disorder. It have at least a two year history w/ no more than 2 mths in a row w/out either a high or a low. Although both extremes are not as severe, they are not within normal range either and they can take a toll on overall quality of life. Some think it can lead into full bipolar, especially w/out therapy. Talk with a therapist - best! ...Read more

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How can someone deal with cyclothymia?

How can someone deal with cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia can be thought of as a low grade version of bipolar disorder. That is to say, cyclothymics do experience similar mood swings, but not to the intensity of those experienced by those suffering from bipolar disorder. A psychiatric evaluation is in order with appropriate mood stabilizing meds as needed and a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders. ...Read more

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How fast is the mood change for cyclothymia?

How fast is the mood change for cyclothymia?

There is no set: Periodicity for the cycling in cyclothymia. It can be rapid, ultrarapid, or ultra-ultrarapid. This means that it can be within the course of a month, the course of a week, or the course of a day. Most commonly the episodes do not cycle very rapidly, but on occasion, especially if there is an antidepressant on board, I have seen it cycle daily. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I need to know what is cyclothymia disorder?

I need to know what is cyclothymia disorder?

Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia can be thought of as a low grade version of bipolar disorder. That is to say, cyclothymics do experience similar mood swings, but not to the intensity of those experienced by those suffering from bipolar disorder. A psychiatric evaluation is in order with appropriate mood stabilizing meds as needed and a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders. ...Read more

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What medications are usually used for cyclothymia?

What medications are usually used for cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia can be thought of as a low grade version of bipolar disorder. That is to say, cyclothymics do experience similar mood swings, but not to the intensity of those experienced by those suffering from bipolar disorder. A psychiatric evaluation is in order with appropriate mood stabilizing meds as needed and a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with cyclothymia?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with cyclothymia?

What would you like: to do about it. Here are some options: Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive > ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cyclothymia?

Cyclothymic disorder: Is something like a mild form of bipolar disorder. Patients typically cycle through phases of hypomania and depression, but not rapidly as happens in bipolar disorder and the symptoms aren't as severe; you also have to have these problems for a period of at least two years for the syndrome to be considered cyclothymia. You can think of it as a mild kind of bipolar. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is it like to have cyclothymia?

Could you explain what is it like to have cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia: Cyclothymia can be thought of as a low grade version of bipolar disorder. That is to say, cyclothymics do experience similar mood swings, but not to the intensity of those experienced by those suffering from bipolar disorder. A psychiatric evaluation is in order with appropriate mood stabilizing meds as needed and a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in mood disorders. ...Read more

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