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Cyclothymia? Bit Puzzled !

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mumto6

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Cyclothymia - is "a chronic, fluctuating mood disturbance involving numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms and numerous periods of depressive symptoms." Simply translated, this means it is a long-term condition where the person's moods cycle between hypomania - a "high" that can be mild to fairly severe but does not include delusions, hallucinations or other psychotic features - and depression, also mild to fairly severe but not incapacitating or suicidal. ( Quoted from about.com)

Ok so this is what I was diagnosed with ?

I do have mood disturbances with numerous periods of high and lows

Highs do not include delusions , hallucinations - but I see , hear and smell things that no-one else around me can ? This happens daily. I also have strong urges to jump in front of moving traffic / to put my hand into a chip pan of frying oil etc

Depression is far from mild and suicidal thoughts are with me daily.

There hasn't been a Manic, Mixed or Depressive Episode in the first two years of symptoms; I suffer manic depressive and especially mixed episodes.

Everything I read about Cyclothymia just does not match me. How can I learn about an illness to try to be able to cope and understand it when it is mostly the opposite of how I am?

Does anyone else have this ?
 
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Ainsworth

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dibs has got Cyclothymia, you should speak to her if shes around :)
 
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Mad Mode

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Cyclothymia

mumto6, I have suffered from Cyclothymia for the past 6 years and over the years it has got worse to the point of how you feel. It was only last year I started the meds lithium to bring it under control as 5 generations of the family have had Bipolar 1. As what was described to me by my Pdoc, the hyper manic phase was starting to develop into full mania without psychotic features. It may be you are suffering from a manic episode with psychotic features or it could be Cyclothymia with Schizophrenia. Only the Pdoc can tell you that, and it should take a while for the diagnoses. This happen to my family member who had Bipolar 1 with psychotic symptoms, it took about a year for the diagnoses. Just remember you are on the right track to getting better; just take each day as it comes and do what you want to do. If people don’t want to know you when your ill, then their not worth knowing at all.:)
 
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dib4uk

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south london,england
Cyclothymia - is "a chronic, fluctuating mood disturbance involving numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms and numerous periods of depressive symptoms." Simply translated, this means it is a long-term condition where the person's moods cycle between hypomania - a "high" that can be mild to fairly severe but does not include delusions, hallucinations or other psychotic features - and depression, also mild to fairly severe but not incapacitating or suicidal. ( Quoted from about.com)

Ok so this is what I was diagnosed with ?

I do have mood disturbances with numerous periods of high and lows

Highs do not include delusions , hallucinations - but I see , hear and smell things that no-one else around me can ? This happens daily. I also have strong urges to jump in front of moving traffic / to put my hand into a chip pan of frying oil etc

Depression is far from mild and suicidal thoughts are with me daily.

There hasn't been a Manic, Mixed or Depressive Episode in the first two years of symptoms; I suffer manic depressive and especially mixed episodes.

Everything I read about Cyclothymia just does not match me. How can I learn about an illness to try to be able to cope and understand it when it is mostly the opposite of how I am?

Does anyone else have this ?
Indeed it is and I have exactly the same sort of symptoms as described, and i do have hallucinations etc, thats why its very important to get to see a specialist doctor who can be sure what u have. Thank heavens for the tablets that i take!!! the mood staberlisers have helped greatly!!! when i was on anti depressants they just made me manic and a lot worse!!!!



But on top of having this i also have a personality disorder which makes things very interesting. :scared::eek:;)
 
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