Mood Disorders are among the most common Psychological Disorders, and the risk of developing them is increasing worldwide, particularly in younger people. Mood disorders involve disabling disturbances in emotion-from the sadness of depression to the unrealistic elation and irritability of mania. Mood disorders in children are fundamentally similar to mood disorders in adults.
About Cyclothymic Disorder:
A milder but more chronic version of Bipolar Disorder called Cyclothymic Disorder is similar in many ways to Persistent Depressive Disorder. Cyclothymic Disorder is a chronic alternation of mood elevation and depression that does not reach the severity of manic depressive episode or major depressive episode. Individuals with Cyclothymic Disorder tend to be in one mood state or the other for years with relatively few periods of neutral mood. This pattern must last for at least 2 yrs to meet criteria for Disorder. Individuals with Cyclothymic Disorder alternate between the kinds of mild depressive symptoms. Much of the time, such individuals are just considered moody. However, the chronically fluctuating mood states are, substantial enough to interfere with functioning.
Furthermore, Individual with Cyclothymia should be treated because of their increased risk to develop the more severe Bipolar I or Bipolar II Disoader.
1. Frequent periods of depressed mood.
2. Fed inadequate.
3. Self-Esteem is inflated.
4. Withdraw from people and seek them too.
5. Sleep too much and too little.
6. Trouble Concentrating.
7. Verbal productivity decreases.
Presence of Cyclothymia predicts a decreased chance for a full Inter-episode recovery.
David H. Barlow, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
V. Mark Durand, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA- ST. PETERSBERG
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