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Cyclothymic disorder is a subtype of bipolar disorder. Much like bipolar disorder, the symptoms of cyclothymia include three or more symptoms of hypomania, and five or more symptoms of depression. Like bipolar disorder, people may experience wellness between episodes of hypomania and depression.
Symptoms of hypomania include:
Unusually 'high' or upbeat mood
Inflated sense of self-esteem
Increased irritability or anger
Racing thoughts or ideas
Faster speech than usual
Decreased need for sleep
Difficulties concentrating and focusing
Decreased judgement, leading to riskier decisions than usual
Symptoms of depression include:
Low mood, hopelessness, or emptiness
Worry or guilt
Loss of interest in things you usually enjoy
Difficulties concentrating or making decisions
Changes in sleep (too much sleep or not enough sleep)
Changes in eating habits (eating too much or eating too little)
Withdrawal from others
Thoughts of suicide
Talk to a doctor or mental health professional if you think you might have cyclothymic disorder.
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