cy·​clo·​thy·​mic | \ ˌsī-klə-ˈthī-mik How to pronounce cyclothymic (audio) \

Definition of cyclothymic

: relating to or being a mood disorder characterized by alternating episodes of depression and elation in a form less severe than that of bipolar disorder

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cyclothymia \ ˌsī-​klə-​ˈthī-​mē-​ə How to pronounce cyclothymia (audio) \ noun

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Although the symptoms don’t meet the diagnostic requirements for hypomanic and depressive episodes, having cyclothymic disorder increases a person’s risk of developing bipolar disorder. Korin Miller, SELF, "21 Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder You Should Know," 3 Oct. 2018 Those with cyclothymic disorder, however, have episodes that are mild or moderate and don't meet the criteria for a full manic or depressive episode. Carolyn Todd, SELF, "Jenifer Lewis Explains What Bipolar Disorder Feels Like: 'Mania Is Exhausting—It Can Ruin Your Entire Life'," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of cyclothymic

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyclothymic

New Latin cyclothymia (from German Zyklothymie, from zykl- cycl- + -thymie -thymia) + English -ic

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The first known use of cyclothymic was in 1923

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cy·​clo·​thy·​mic | \ -ˈthī-mik How to pronounce cyclothymic (audio) \

Medical Definition of cyclothymic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to, having, or being a mood disorder characterized by alternating short episodes of depression and hypomania in a form less severe than that of bipolar disorder — compare cycloid



Medical Definition of cyclothymic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cyclothymic individual

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