What is the prognosis/outlook for patients who have cyclothymia?

Diagnosis, treatment, and management of cyclothymia is challenging. First, people with cyclothymia may not seek treatment because they may not think they have a problem. Second, many patients can be misdiagnosed as having other mood disorders or the diagnosis becomes complicated because of the presence of other psychiatric conditions. Despite these challenges, for those who do seek help, early diagnosis and treatment can result in significant improvement in long-term outlook.

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