Symptoms of Mania

  • Mood swings that do not prevent functioning
  • Extreme optimism
  • Racing thoughts
  • Engaging in risky behavior
  • Increased sexual drive

Symptoms of Depression

  • Hopelessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Decreased appetite
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Irritability

Causes

Mood swings that are associated with Cyclothymia are most likely a result of a person’s brain chemistry.  Heredity plays an important role and medical history should be seriously consulted.  A patient’s environment may also affect their mood swings by causing excess stress.

Treatment

Because the cause of Cyclothymia is thought to be in the brain, medication is the most likely treatment.  Anytime medication is being taken a patient should be seeing a therapist regularly to monitor for significant changes.  Therapy is used in conjunction with medication to enable a patient to reach the best possible outcomes.

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