What is cyclothymia?

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What is cyclothymia?

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What is cyclothymia? Thanks for asking!

The term cyclothymia was coined in the late 19th century by German psychiatrist Karl Ludwig Kahlbaum. It describes a clinical situation which has many similarities with bipolar disorder, although its symptoms are less severe. It affects 6% of people but to get diagnosed takes 10-12 years on average and seeing several different doctors.

We talk about something being a disorder when it has an impact on everyday life, and that’s the case with cyclothymia. It usually comes on during adolescence or early adulthood. Those affected are highly sensitive and can quickly change moods in an intense way.

During the depressive phase, they may suddenly lose all enthusiasm for something that interested them before, like exercise or work. At other times, they may have inflated self-esteem, be more talkative, hyperactive or unpredictable. This phase is known as hypomania and usually lasts four or more days.

So how is cyclothymia different from bipolar disorder? Why is it so difficult to diagnose then? Is cyclothymia a curable disorder? In under 3 minutes, we answer your questions!

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What is cyclothymia? Thanks for asking!

The term cyclothymia was coined in the late 19th century by German psychiatrist Karl Ludwig Kahlbaum. It describes a clinical situation which has many similarities with bipolar disorder, although its symptoms are less severe. It affects 6% of people but to get diagnosed takes 10-12 years on average and seeing several different doctors.

We talk about something being a disorder when it has an impact on everyday life, and that’s the case with cyclothymia. It usually comes on during adolescence or early adulthood. Those affected are highly sensitive and can quickly change moods in an intense way.

During the depressive phase, they may suddenly lose all enthusiasm for something that interested them before, like exercise or work. At other times, they may have inflated self-esteem, be more talkative, hyperactive or unpredictable. This phase is known as hypomania and usually lasts four or more days.

So how is cyclothymia different from bipolar disorder? Why is it so difficult to diagnose then? Is cyclothymia a curable disorder? In under 3 minutes, we answer your questions!

To listen to the last episodes, you can click here:

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A podcast written and realised by Joseph Chance.

 

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