Cyclothymia or cyclothymic disorder, is a mood disorder that looks like a milder form of bipolar disorder types I and II. Cyclothymia is characterized by episodes of depressive symptoms and hypomanic symptoms which are not severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of major depressive disorder or hypomania.
Many people with cyclothymia are not even aware they have it, their highs and lows or unpredictable mood swings accepted as part of their personality makeup. Despite symptoms being milder, forming a treatment plan with a mental health specialist will help one mange the symptoms and reduce the chances of developing bipolar disorder.
The rates for cyclothymia range from 0.4 to 8% depending on the study, and it affects males and females equally. The typical age of onset of cyclothymia is from late childhood to early adulthood.