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  1. #11

    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinton View Post
    For me the worse part of cyclothemia is when:

    A close relative tells me:

    I told you not to say this..
    You always talk too much..
    I've told me many time..
    Maybe that indicates a problem with the close relative, rather than with you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinton View Post
    After having a group conversation:

    What did I say?
    Did I say to much..
    Heck! I should'nt have said that..
    This is where cognitive behavior therapy (cognitive restructuring) can be particularly helpful - to get you out of the negative cycle and help you with reality checking.

  2. #12

    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    Well!! I never look at it this way..

  3. #13
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    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    My question is, is cyclothymia the version of bipolar disorder where the mood swings happen fairly rapidly several times throughout the day?

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    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    No, it's where both the depression and mania are mild. Think dysthymia and hypomania.

  5. #15

    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    It's possible, BlueMac, that you were thinking of the term "rapid cycling."

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    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    What I got from it was it's not as severe as bipolar disorder. and you must have had the described symptoms for one year of ur adolecent/childhood and 1 year as an adult...


    ...I could be completely off though!
    Last edited by Steve; May 9th, 2009 at 08:53 PM. Reason: sp

  7. #17

    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    Quote Originally Posted by lil freckle View Post
    What I got from it was it's not as severe as bipolar disorder. and you must have had the described symptoms for one year of ur adolecent/childhood and 1 year as an adult...

    ...I could be completely off though!
    No, you're not off. That's pretty much it.

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    Is it easily confused with bipolar?

    I have already been diagnosed with bi polar. type one i think. I'm rapid cycle. I was diagnosed at 15. But taking divalproex sodium makes the swings take longer to hit the manic or depressive state and last much longer. When I was on lithium i was still rapid cycle still, just not as harsh.

  9. #19

    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    Is it possible for adolescents to be diagnosed with Cyclothymia, or for it to be 'official' in teens, does it have to be severe? Also, does having an anxiety disorder improve the likelihood of having bipolar, warning symptoms in effect, or developing it later?

  10. #20

    Re: What is cyclothymia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sara-Bella View Post
    Is it possible for adolescents to be diagnosed with Cyclothymia
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sara-Bella View Post
    for it to be 'official' in teens, does it have to be severe?
    Not any more severe than adults. The difficulty with teens is that their emotional reactions tend to be relatively intense which interferes with the caveat for any diagnosis of "rule out other causes of the symptoms".

    Quote Originally Posted by Sara-Bella View Post
    Also, does having an anxiety disorder improve the likelihood of having bipolar, warning symptoms in effect, or developing it later?
    No. Although individuals with bipolar disorder do often experience anxiety, having an anxiety does not necessarily predispose you to bipolar disorder or cyclothymia. The majority of people with anxiety disorders do not develop bipolar symptoms.

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