How is cyclothymia treated?

By definition, symptoms of cyclothymia are not as severe as other mood disorders. As a result, individuals with cyclothymia often do not see a need for, and therefore, do not seek treatment. The goal of treatment, when it is sought, is first to stabilize mood. There are no medications that are specifically approved for the treatment of cyclothymia; however, sometimes psychiatrists may prescribe a mood stabilizer to help reduce the swings in mood.

In addition, psychotherapy may help reduce distress by teaching one to recognize, monitor and manage the symptoms of cyclothymia; cope with stressful situations; change the way one thinks and reacts and problem solves; and improve communication and interpersonal interactions.

What are the complications of cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia disrupts a person’s ability to build and maintain positive relationships. Irritability and emotional reactions have a negative effect in being able to develop successful relationships with family, friends, coworkers, and romantic partners. However, unlike the wide swings seen in bipolar disorder, patients with cyclothymia may have fewer hospitalizations, fewer days away from work, and may be able to function more consistently.

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