ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cyclothymia - Two Faces, One Coin

Updated on December 27, 2013

Is Cyclothymia same as Bipolar disorder.

In a moderate way, Yes. Cyclothymia projects the same symptoms as that of Bipolar disorder. It is characterized by rapid mood swings ranging from Euphoria to short spells of mild depression.

However, the person will not experience any symptoms of clinical depression or mania. This can make detection of this disorder hard to identify. Estimated, 3 to 5 percent of the total population are affected by Cyclothymia.

In the long run if left untreated , Cyclothymia can evolve to full grown Bipolar disorder.


Cyclothymia is a mild form of bipolar disorder. Experts are still not sure what causes the mood swings.

Genetics do play a role where affected person may have a relation suffering from the same disorder.

Environmental factors and changes in brain chemistry are other two possibilities.


Rapid mood swings is one of the main symptoms of Cyclothymia. The high and low moods project two different scenarios in the same person. They are.

Hypomania (high) moods of Cyclothymia projects the following.

  • An exaggerated feeling of Euphoria which lasts for a few minutes.
  • Low amount of sleep (Insomnia). Hardly 4 to 5 hours rest a day.
  • Tendency to be easily distracted. Projects restlessness most of the time.
  • Fast or Slurred speech.
  • Sexual drive increases.
  • Projects Aggressive behavior and agitation.
  • Poor decision making.


Depressive (Low) moods projects the following.

  • Feeling of extreme Guilt and negative self talk.
  • Hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide and self harm.
  • lose of Appetite.
  • Reduced sex drive.
  • Projects Avoidance behavior. Withdrawal from activities once considered enjoyable.
  • Excessive Fatigue.

There is always a cure

  • Consult a psychiatrist who can verify the case and prescribe the necessary anti - depressant / anti psychotic drugs. The medication reduces the constant mood swings and also prevent Cyclothymia from evolving into bipolar disorder.
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) can provide fast relief from sleeping disorder and agitative behavior. In this technique the patient is exposed to the stressors, in a gradual manner. The troubled thoughts are then converted from pessimism to a more positive and constructive pattern. Group and family therapy is also prescribed during this phase.
  • Invest in a hobby which keeps you occupied such as reading, writing or even outdoor walks. Regular exercise provide production of endorphins in your brain which provides an instant stress relief.
  • Classical genre from Bach, Beethoven or even Trance music can reduce the thought chatters in the mind and promote clarity thinking.
  • Mindful awareness which is a technique used in Yoga helps the mind to focus on the present. The best thing is, it can be practiced anywhere, anytime. Just be mindful of you surroundings. Take in the smell, people and objects around you. By being grounded in the present, you become more adjusted to reality, in turn reducing unwanted tension.

Bipolar vs Cyclothymia Disorder


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      3 years ago

      It's over diagnosed,without an ablitiy to identify or prove,as nearly each illness associated with the brain regularly is.I was diagnosed with BP disorder,with never experiencing the contrary pole of mania, at all.The meds given induced more problems, including psychosis.The pseudo science of psychiatry is an ongoing guessing game,with different drug cocktails life experimented on a person,waiting to one may help,before death becomes desirable.The meds r overly prescribed and perilous

    • jeugenejohn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Kerala

      Thank you for your feedback, lisavanvorst. Cyclothymia is a disorder which is rarely visible due to its subdued symptoms.

    • lisavanvorst profile image

      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Excellent and informative article. I never heard of this before.

    • jeugenejohn profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Kerala

      Thanks AUPADHYAY. Really appreciate your feedback.

    • AUPADHYAY profile image



      Extremely well defined info hub. Thanks for sharing it.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)