In cyclothymic disorder, relatively mild and short episodes of elation (hypomania) alternate with mild and short episodes of sadness (depression).
Cyclothymic disorder resembles bipolar disorder but is less severe.
The episodes of elation and sadness are less intense, typically last for only a few days, and recur fairly often at irregular intervals.
This disorder may develop into bipolar disorder or may continue as extreme moodiness.
Having cyclothymic disorder may contribute to success in business, leadership, achievement, and artistic creativity.
However, it may also result in uneven work and school records, frequent change of residence, repeated romantic breakups or marital failure, and alcohol and drug abuse.
Doctors diagnose cyclothymic disorder based on the distinctive pattern of symptoms.