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Depressive phase of Cyclothymic Disorder.
Signs and symptoms of depressive episodes of cyclothymia may include:
Suicidal thoughts or behavior
Loss of interest in daily activities
Decreased sex drive
Chronic pain without a known cause
When to see a doctor
If you have any symptoms of cyclothymia, seek medical help as soon as possible. Cyclothymic disorder generally doesn’t get better on its own. If you’re not sure where to start with treatment, see your primary health care provider. He or she may refer you to a mental health provider with experience in cyclothymia or bipolar disorder.
If you’re reluctant to seek treatment, try to work up the courage to confide in someone, whether it’s a friend or loved one, a health care professional, a faith leader, or someone else you trust. He or she can help you take the first steps to successful treatment.
If you have a loved one you think may have symptoms of cyclothymia, have an open and honest discussion about your concerns. You can’t force someone to seek professional help, but you can offer encouragement and support and help your loved one find a qualified doctor or mental health provider.
Articles Mayo Clinic.com
Hypomanic phase of cyclothymic disorder
Signs and symptoms of hypomanic episodes of cyclothymia may include:
Unusually good mood or cheerfulness (euphoria)
Aggressive or hostile behavior
Being inconsiderate of others
Increased physical activity
Increased drive to perform or achieve goals
Increased sexual drive
Decreased need for sleep
Tendency to be easily distracted
Inability to concentrate
Cyclothymia (si-kloh-THIGH-me-uh), also called cyclothymic disorder, is a mild form of bipolar disorder. Like bipolar disorder, cyclothymia is a chronic mood disorder that causes emotional ups and downs.
With cyclothymia, you experience periods when your mood noticeably fluctuates from your baseline. You may feel on top of the world for a time, followed by a low period when you feel somewhat blue. Between these cyclothymic highs and lows, you may feel stable and fine.
Compared with bipolar disorder, the highs and lows of cyclothymia are less extreme. Still, it’s critical to seek help managing these symptoms because they increase your risk of bipolar disorder. Treatment options for cyclothymia include psychotherapy, medications, and — most important — close, ongoing follow-up with your doctor.
Symptoms of Mania
Heightened mood, exaggerated optimism and self-confidence
Decreased need for sleep (less than three hours) without fatigue
Grandiose delusions, inflated sense of self-importance
Excessive irritability, aggressive behavior
Increased physical, mental activity
Racing speech, flight of ideas, impulsiveness
Poor judgement, easily distracted, difficulty concentrating
Reckless behavior without concern for consequences, such as spending sprees, rash business decisions, erratic driving, sexual indiscretions
In severe cases, auditory hallucinations (hearing voices) or delusions (strong convictions about things that aren’t true)
Symptoms of Depression
If a person experiences five or more of the following symptoms each day during a two-week period or if these symptoms interfere with work or family activities, criteria for a major depressive episode are met:
Prolonged sadness or unexplained crying spells
Significant changes in appetite, sleep patterns
Irritability, anger, worry, agitation, anxiety
Loss of energy, persistent tiredness
Facts about Bipolar Disorder
Feelings of guilt, worthlessness
Inability to concentrate, indecisiveness
Inability to take pleasure in former interests, social withdraw
Unexplained aches and pains
Recurring thoughts of death and suicide