Meaning of cyclothymia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˈθʌɪmɪə/


mass noundated Psychiatry
  • A mental state characterized by marked swings of mood between depression and elation; bipolar disorder.

    ‘A person with cyclothymia experiences symptoms of hypomania but never a full-blown hypomanic episode.’
    • ‘Sixteen of these patients also met criteria for major depression, dysthymic disorder, GAD, cyclothymia, and somatization disorder.’
    • ‘The psychiatrist examines Virginia Woolf's life from the perspective of her illness, cyclothymia, a milder form of manic depression.’
    • ‘We excluded patients with psychotic features, major depressive disorders, cyclothymia, or bipolar disorders.’
    • ‘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.’


1920s from cyclo- + Greek thumos ‘temper’.