What is Cyclothymia? – How is it different from bipolar disorder?

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What is cyclothymia and how is it different from Bipolar disorder? In this video I compare the symptoms of bipolar disorder versus cyclothymic disorder, discuss when it starts and whether or not it turns into bipolar disorder.

In short, the best way to think about cyclothymia is to think of similar to bipolar 2 disorder but not quite as severe and not as many symptoms. With bipolar 2 disorder you have episodes of hypomania and episodes of depression. With cyclothymic you have symptoms of hypomania but not enough to be considered a hypomanic episode. You also have symptoms of depression but not enough to be considered a full depressive episode.

Videos referenced in this video
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Reference
Perugi G, Hantouche E, Vannucchi G. Diagnosis and Treatment of Cyclothymia: The “Primacy” of Temperament. Curr Neuropharmacol. 2017;15(3): 372-379.

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