Feeling Moody? You Could Have Cyclothymia
Cyclothymia is a mild mood disorder that causes emotional ups and downs. One minute you feel on top of the world, the next you’re struggling to make it through the day. While cyclothymia is a mood disorder, some people simply have a “cyclothymic personality”—putting it on the spectrum of personality disorders. Igor Galynker, director of the Family Center for Bipolar Disorder at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York, told Fusion that he finds referring to the condition as a “cyclothymic temperament” useful. The line between personality and mood disorder is often blurred, he said, and it takes some finesse to recognize the difference between the two.
- Dr. Igor Galynker, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Division of Biological Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Beth Israel