Cyclothymia

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What is cyclothymia?

Cyclothymia is a mood disorder characterized by brief episodes of hypomanic and depression followed by irregular course of moods which are less severe than those experienced in bipolar disorder.

Common symptoms reported by people with cyclothymia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with cyclothymia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) cyclothymia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
cyclothymia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
cyclothymia (1) impulsivity (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
impulsivity (1)

Data from patients with cyclothymia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with cyclothymia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) cyclothymia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with irritability
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lamictal)
Perceived effectiveness
for cyclothymia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with irritability heart palpitations 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
cyclothymia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for cyclothymia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
face tingling lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
cyclothymia (1) impulsivity (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
hunger sedation
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for impulsivity (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
impulsivity (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with cyclothymia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has cyclothymia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 27
30s 52
40s 50
50s 44
60s 26
70+ 6
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 53
20-29 years 32
30-39 years 17
40-49 years 7
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 61
Female 152

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 144
Not Diagnosed 16

These charts show data from cyclothymia patients who have completed their condition history
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