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What is cyclothymia (cyclothymic disorder)?

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Cyclothymia, or cyclothymic disorder, is a mild mood disorder. You may shift between short periods of mild depression and hypomania, when you’re full of good mood and energy. The highs and lows you get with cyclothymia don’t swing as much or last as long as what you get with a full-blown bipolar disorder. Cyclothymia is far less common than major depression. Less than 1 percent of the people in the U.S. have cyclothymia.

SOURCES: Moore, D., Jefferson, J., , Mosby, 2004. Akiskal, H. January 2001. Kochman, F. March 2005.


Handbook of Medical PsychiatryJournal of Affective Disorders,Journal of Affective Disorders,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCES: Moore, D., Jefferson, J., , Mosby, 2004. Akiskal, H. January 2001. Kochman, F. March 2005.


Handbook of Medical PsychiatryJournal of Affective Disorders,Journal of Affective Disorders,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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