Mood disorders, such as dysthymic disorder and cyclothymic disorder, appear generally as milder forms of depression or bipolar. Dysthymia occurs as an incessant low mood, although less inhibiting as depression. Hopelessness and fatigue are pervasive, along with an increased risk of suicide. Cyclothymia appears more like bipolar, with moods shifting between high and lows, preventing efficiency at work or school.

Common Symptoms of Dysthymia

• hopelessness
• lethargy
• irregular eating patterns
• irregular sleeping patterns
• guilt
• difficulties concentrating or decision making
• depression
• suicidal thoughts

Common Symptoms of Cyclothymia

• irregular eating patterns
• irregular sleeping patterns
• unstable relationships
• anxiety
• depression
• excessive elation


The cause of mood disorders seems to be related to genetics. External stress could also lead to cyclothymia or dysthymia.


People suffering with either of these are relatively high functioning, but still struggle with daily routines and activities. Treatment for mood disorders includes medication and psychotherapy. A therapist can provide a client with relaxing techniques to better manage stress. Therapy can help redirect negative thought patterns, and help untangle social complications.

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