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How does cyclothymia (cyclothymic disorder) affect the personal lives of people?

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Cyclothymia is a mood disorder that swings from periods of mild depression to elevated mood and energy during hypomania. Your unstable moods can still disrupt your life and work. It may make it hard for you to form lasting relationships or hold steady jobs. As many as half of the people with cyclothymia may have problems with drugs or alcohol.

Over time, cyclothymia may make it more likely that you’ll get a full-blown bipolar disorder.

SOURCES:
Moore, D., Jefferson, J., Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
Akiskal, H. Journal of Affective Disorders, January 2001.
Kochman, F. Journal of Affective Disorders, March 2005.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on June 4, 2020

SOURCES:
Moore, D., Jefferson, J., Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
Akiskal, H. Journal of Affective Disorders, January 2001.
Kochman, F. Journal of Affective Disorders, March 2005.

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on June 4, 2020

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