One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mental state characterized by marked swings of mood between depression and elation; bipolar disorder.
- ‘We excluded patients with psychotic features, major depressive disorders, cyclothymia, or bipolar disorders.’
- ‘Sixteen of these patients also met criteria for major depression, dysthymic disorder, GAD, cyclothymia, and somatization disorder.’
- ‘Patients who develop cyclothymia, a condition similar to bipolar disorder but less severe, are at very high risk for full-blown bipolar disorder.’
- ‘In order for cyclothymia to be diagnosed, hypomanic symptoms and depressive symptoms must be present alternately for at least two years.’
- ‘The psychiatrist examines Virginia Woolf's life from the perspective of her illness, cyclothymia, a milder form of manic depression.’
- ‘A person with cyclothymia experiences symptoms of hypomania but never a full-blown hypomanic episode.’
1920s: from cyclo- + Greek thumos ‘temper’.
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