Opening up to Cyclothymia

Bleeding Heart and Trigger Happy

All my life, I’ve considered my frequent mood swings as part of my personality. Part of who I am. I never knew there was a name to it. I never would have thought I’d have a mental illness, a mood disorder.

Cyclothymia, also known as cyclothymic disorder, is a mood disorder in the same spectrum of Bipolar disorder. Cyclothymia has episodes of emotional ups and downs, but not as severe as Bipolar Type II or the beast of all of them, Bipolar Type I.

With cyclothymia, I experience episodes where my mood dramatically shifts up or down from my baseline. I may feel on top of the world for a short time, but it’s quickly followed by a low period where I feel worthless. In between these episodes, I’ll feel fine, normal, “stable”.

The highs of cyclothymia are characterized by elevated mood that resemble those of mania but a lot…

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