Cyclothymic disorder is a form of clinical depression characterized by frequent, mild mood swings. The person with cyclothymic disorder, like the person with
, has alternating periods of low mood and high mood.
When in the low mood the person experiences common symptoms of depression...sadness, emptiness, loss of interest and pleasure, irritability, anger, changes in appetite, sleep problems, restlessness, slow movement and thinking, fatigue, worthlessness and guilt, poor concentration, thoughts about death and suicide.
During the high mood, the person with cyclothymic disorder experiences symptoms similar to those of a manic episode...elation, confidence, delusional thinking, high level of energy, increased activity, productivity, loud and rapid speech, racing thoughts, risky behavior, impulsive behavior, increased sexual behavior, over spending, fast reckless driving, wild business schemes, overeating, drinking too much, irritability, anger, and aggitation.
The symptoms experienced during the low moods are milder than those which are characteristic of a
major depressive episode.
Likewise, the high mood symptoms are milder than those experienced during a
bipolar disorder episode.
Although the symptoms are mild, they are chronic. The episodes are numerous and last for long periods of time. In fact, they seem to be ever present. They are also severe enough that they interfere with the person's ability to function normally in social and occupational settings.
Cyclothymic disorder usually begins in early adulthood. More women than men have the disorder.
Medication can help the person with cyclothymic disorder to control symptoms. In addition psychotherapy can help the person develop coping and stress management skills.
If you have cyclothymic disorder, The How To Transform Your Life E-Workshop can help you develop needed coping skills.
The E-Workshop is not intended as a treatment for cyclothymic disorder or any other medical or psychological disorder. Thus, it should not be used as a substitute for psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment.
When used along with psychological and psychiatric treatment, the E-Workshop may help you make more rapid progress.
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