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What are the treatments for cyclothymia (cyclothymic disorder)?

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Cyclothymia is a mood disorder that swings between mild depression to the elation and energy of hypomania and back again. Most people's symptoms are mild enough that they don’t treat it.

No medicines are specifically approved for cyclothymia. But mood stabilizers such as lithium or lamotrigine may help to soften the mood fluctuations. Antidepressants usually aren’t used unless you have a full major depression – which by definition doesn’t happen with cyclothymia.

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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