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  • noun A mood disorder characterized by alternating periods of elevated and depressed mood.

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  • noun a mild bipolar disorder.

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  • noun medicine a chronic mental disturbance characterized by mood swings and depression

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  • noun a mild bipolar disorder that persists over a long time


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From the Ancient Greek κῠκλος (kuklos, "circle") + θῡμός (thūmos, "temper”, “disposition").


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  • Darnall Army Community Hospital and a diagnosis of cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder with mood swings.

    Open your Heart to the System that is War 2009

  • The distinction between full-blown manic-depressive illness and cyclothymic temperament is often an arbitrary one; indeed, almost all medical and scientific evidence argues for including cyclothymia as an integral part of the spectrum of manic-depressive illness.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993

  • The creative significance of the tension and reconciliation of naturally occurring, opposite emotional and cognitive states in artists with manic-depressive illness or cyclothymia its milder temperamental variant, and the use of art by artists to heal themselves, are examined as well.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993

  • They also can be misleading in their treatment implications, as illustrated by the shift of cyclothymia from a personality disorder, which is theoretically unresponsive to biologic treatment, to a mood disorder, which is theoretically responsive to biologic treatment.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry Michael Alan Taylor 1993

  • These vary in severity from cyclothymia—characterized by pronounced but not totally debilitating changes in mood, behavior, thinking, sleep, and energy levels—to extremely severe, life-threatening, and psychotic forms of the disease.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993

  • Manic-depressive illness is relatively common; approximately one person in a hundred will suffer from the more severe form and at least that many again will experience milder variants, such as cyclothymia.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993

  • Clearly not all individuals who have cyclothymia go on to develop the full manic-depressive syndrome.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993

  • The standard diagnostic criteria for mania, hypomania, major depression, and cyclothymia, as well as more clinically descriptive criteria for cyclothymia, are given in Appendix A.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993

  • Six poets—Oliver Goldsmith, Robert Burns, Walter Savage Landor, Thomas Campbell, John Keats, and Robert Stephen Hawker—probably had milder forms of manic-depressive illness cyclothymia or bipolar II disorder, although Keats and Burns died before it became clear what the ultimate severity and course of their mood disorders would have been.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993

  • Cyclothymia and related manic-depressive temperaments are also an integral and important part of the manic-depressive spectrum, and the relationship of predisposing personalities and cyclothymia to the subsequent development of manic-depressive psychosis is fundamental.

    Touched with Fire Kay Redfield Jamison 1993


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  • Events all conspire to annoy

    And forces of evil deploy.

    No ailment is timelier

    Than this cyclothymia

    That unbid gives moments of joy.

    November 17, 2016