Cyclothymia (which is also called cyclothymic disorder) is a type of mood disorder widely considered to be a more chronic but "milder" form of bipolar disorder. Cyclothymia is characterized by numerous mood swings, with periods of hypomanic symptoms that do not meet criteria for a manic episode, alternating with periods of mild or moderate symptoms of depression that do not meet criteria for a major depressive episode.
To meet the diagnostic criteria for cyclothymia, a person must experience this alternating pattern of emotional highs and lows for a period of at least two years with no more than two consecutive symptom-free months. For children and adolescents, the duration must be at least one year.
Depressive symptoms of cyclothymia may include:
The American Psychiatric Association (2000) estimates that cyclothymia affects 0.4 to 1 percent of the population, which translates to between 1.2 million and nearly 3 million Americans.
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Huang Feng Ying, "Feeling alone with my Cyclothymia" (2017) via The Mighty
PRENTISS Price, "The Cyclothymia Workbook" (2004)