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Questions for the cyclothymics?

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Lyria90

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Hey guys, just a couple of questions regarding cyclothymia.
Would love to hear personal experiences as I've probably read it to death.
What are your hypomanic and depressed states for you personally?
How often does it cycle?
What made your doctors reach that diagnosis?
There's more but I've such a poor attention span right now it's not even funny!
Looking forward to hearing people's stories!
 
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violetmarisa

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I was recently diganosed with cyclothmia but I have suffered from the symptoms since early adolescence. I usually tend to have more depressive episodes than manic which can make me feel unable to function. I was being treated for just depression at first and was given an antidepressent. after about a month it became less effective so they doubled the dose which made me feel absolutely insane and manic. that's when they realized about the cyclothymia since my episodes are rapid cycling and not long enough to meet the bipolar criteria . I fluctuate throughout almost everyday but my overall episodes last around 3 or 4 days. they have now added a mood stabilizer and lowered my antidepressent and I feel so much better. I still have mood shifts and episodes but they are much less severe. I am having a lot more manic symptoms though but they are easier to handle than depression for me. my mania mostly comes out in anger and irritability but sometimes as elevated mood as well which is my favorite manic symptom. the mood stabilizer has been the most helpful thing so far to keep my emotional reasoning and moods in a stable state.
 
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Lyria90

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Yeah my doc has me on a mood stabiliser and antidepressant but I've had to keep changing antidepressant as they just stop working. The psychologist I had seen diagnosed me with dysthymia though? Other doc seemed to think it was some variant of bipolar but I don't know, also put me down as borderline but I don't think I really fit that? Then again I'm no doctor
 
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violetmarisa

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dysthmia came up for me as well but with the increase of hypomanic symptoms cyclothmia seems like a better fitting diganosis. I'm sorry your not having luck with antidepressents. I am on wellbutrin and it seems to do me alright now with the addition of the mood stabilizer. I still have a lot of off days but I am starting not to feel like I'm dying or loosing my emotional reasoning.
 
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Lyria90

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I've been all over the place. Get hyper, tend to abuse caffeine pills so I can stay high, end up paranoid, depressed shortly after, rinse and repeat.
 
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violetmarisa

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Caffeine defiently makes it worse. I always crash after a hypomanic episode as well. I have to just work around my cycles the best that I can.
 
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Lyria90

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It really does haha, I'm sat here head racing, paranoid and driving myself into the most anxious mood imaginable
 
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