Cyclothymic Disorder

A mood disorder that causes emotional highs and lows.

The mood shifts in cyclothymia aren’t as extreme as those in people with bipolar disorders. People with cyclothymia can typically function in daily life, though it may be difficult.

Symptoms include intermittent psychological highs and lows that may become more pronounced over time.

Treatment usually involves counseling and therapy. In rare cases, medications may be used.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W051
Diagnosis: Cyclothemic Disorder
US Patients:
World Patients:
Sex Ratio: M1;F1
Age Onset: Age 17
Brain Area:
Symptoms: mild depressive symptoms periodically, usually in a family with bipolar disorder; mentally and socially withdrawn
Progression: rotate between depressive and mild manic states with more spontaneity, self-esteem, spending; thoughts faster
Medications: lithium, mood stabilizers
Therapies: counseling

Youtube Video: A Case Study in Psychothymic Disorder

Amazon or Library Book:

Understanding Cyclothymia and Bipolar Disorder

Click the book to link or order from Amazon.

Support Group:; Online;

(Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)

Contact your local Social Security office for possible Disability Benefits through their Disability Determination Services,

Section 12.04.


The world-wide medical research
reports chosen for each diagnosis 

Clicking each title opens the
PubMed article’s summary-abstract.