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What is Cyclothymia?

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Cyclo

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I still don't know whether I agree with my diagnosis, as I feel as if it is more severe than 'mild,' but I feel that the argument is that I haven't actually tried to kill myself, that I just want to, and that my moods change very very frequently. I've also been told that within Cyclothymia there is mild-severe within the diagnosis itself, so like mild to the point where people don't even go to the doctor because they are kind of just a bit worse than normal up and downs, to the point where it can completely impair somebody.

Obviously this is just my situation atm, and whenever I bring it up they're like 'I think we just need to continue with the treatment,' as the stabilizers have helped to level out my mood but really messed up my sleep pattern, but apparently that happens a lot with the medication I'm on to start with but then sorts itself out. It hasn't helped at all with the depression aspect, because now I'm completely sleep deprived and these aren't like hypermanic episodes, so I actually need to sleep but can't - to the point where the doctors given me sleeping tablets.

Also, I've been told in the past that compared to people with full blown bipolar my symptoms at either end seem milder, and I guess the constant changing and instability makes it harder for me to deal with - I have a lot of autistic traits in addition to this, so it completely wrecks my routine and plummets my self-worth as I feel like a burden to everybody.
 
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I found this thread looking for anything that says Cyclothymia can cause exhaustion. I haven't taken the children out today as I just don't feel I have the energy to go anywhere! I have only known about this diagnosis since Christmas. It's all still new but I've had OCD since I was a small child so I am not new to mental illness. I have no shame attached to it or anything. I don't really understand the moods but I know I swing every four days roughly now I track them. I wonder how I got by before. I thought I was just really unstable (which I guess I was)! Lithium has helped but the tiredness and apathy is killing. I don't think any member of my family could appreciate how debilitating it is so thank you for your posts.
 
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Cyclo

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So I just thought I should come here and update, in case anybody comes looking and finds my posts and is like 'omg, that's way worse than what i'm experiencing.'

Basically, my condition got to a point where the CMHT had to get involved and since my diagnosis has been changed to Rapid Cycling Bipolar II. Since then my meds have been upped a lot and I'm finally at a point where I can think about possibly getting to work.

So, in case you read my posts - those actually weren't cyclothymia at all but bipolar and finding the right doctor is absolutely the most important thing in the world!
 
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I can relate with many of your descriptions. My last official diagnosis, about 20 years ago, was cyclothimia!

Except for one thing, which is my anger, which is not exclusive to either state!
 
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lezdefez

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Hi my friend I'm willing to be your friend if you'll have me. I've had bipolar disorder 20 years. Could relate to everything you said. Especially about pushing g people away. I'm here if you want to talk
 
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Pigsyjug

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Yuk I have question marks over this....this is sometimes referred to as the milder form....for me there is nothing mild about what I endure.
 
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I was initially diagnosed with cyclothymia, although I'm pretty sure my persistent symptoms are now categorized as only dysthymia (after treatment for the initial diagnosis). It really is such a cruel combination. The lows are constant, but never low enough to make you think seeking help is absolutely necessary, and almost never low enough to TOTALLY disrupt your day-to-day life. The hypomanic bursts are always just enough to convince you that everything is great and you don't need help. I am so thankful that I got help, even though it was several years after when I should have. Life is still tough, but it's bearable, and I much prefer the stable middle ground emotions than accepting the chronic lows just to get the hypomanic high every once in a while.
 
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"only" Disthymia! This is my diagnosis and at times I find it very debilitating. These days the lows and sadness are more prolonged and very exhausting. Can I ask connorduncan what you have been prescribed?
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