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What Causes Cyclothymic Disorder?

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Did you know Greenville is home to one of Florida’s leading Christian mental health treatment providers? Honey Lake Clinic specializes in treating various mental health disorders, including cyclothymic and bipolar disorders. Our compassionate and faith-based approach to treatment provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals struggling with these conditions. Contact our team online or call 888.428.0562 to learn more about our cyclothymic and bipolar disorders center in Florida and how we can help you or your loved one.

What Is Cyclothymic Disorder?

Cyclothymia, sometimes referred to as cyclothymic disorder, is a rare mood disorder characterized by emotional ups and downs, similar to but not as severe as bipolar disorder.

Although the highs and lows of cyclothymia are less extreme than those of bipolar disorder, it’s critical to seek help because they can interfere with your life and increase your risk of bipolar I or II disorder. If you have cyclothymia, you can typically function in your daily life, though not consistently well. Untreated, the unpredictable nature of these mood shifts can significantly disrupt your life.

For a diagnosis of cyclothymia, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), lists these points:

  • You’ve had many periods of elevated mood (hypomanic symptoms) and periods of depressive symptoms for at least two years (one year for children and teenagers)—with these highs and lows occurring during at least half that time.
  • Periods of stable moods usually last less than two months.
  • Your symptoms significantly affect you socially, at work, school, or other vital areas.
  • Your symptoms don’t meet the criteria for bipolar disorder, major depression, or another mental disorder.
  • Your symptoms aren’t caused by substance use or a medical condition.

Does any of this sound familiar? If you suspect you or someone you love is dealing with cyclothymia, we can help. Speak with a confidential counselor right now at Honey Lake Clinic. We ensure the privacy of all our patients and encourage them to progress at their own pace.

What Causes Cyclothymic Disorder?

Cyclothymia typically starts during the teenage years or young adulthood. It affects about the same number of males and females. The exact cause of cyclothymic disorder is not fully understood. However, the following factors are believed to contribute to the development of this mental health condition:

  • Biological factors – There is evidence that certain genetic and biological factors play a role in developing cyclothymia. If you have a family history of bipolar disorder, depression, or other mood disorders, your risk of developing cyclothymia may be higher.
  • Chemical imbalances – Imbalances in brain chemicals called neurotransmitters are associated with mood disorders like cyclothymia. These chemicals play a crucial role in regulating emotions, and when they are out of balance, they can cause mood swings.
  • Environmental factors – Significant life changes or traumatic experiences can trigger the onset of cyclothymic disorder. Examples include job loss, divorce, the death of a loved one, or physical or sexual abuse. These events can disrupt your emotional stability and contribute to the development of cyclothymia.

People with a family history of bipolar disorder or other mood disorders are also more likely to develop cyclothymia.

What Does Cyclothymic Disorder Treatment Include?

While there is no known way to prevent cyclothymia, seeking treatment at its earliest indication can prevent cyclothymia from worsening and significantly lessen your symptoms. To treat cyclothymia, your doctor or mental health provider will work with you to:

  • Decrease your risk of bipolar I or II disorder
  • Reduce the frequency and severity of your symptoms
  • Prevent a relapse of symptoms
  • Treat alcohol or other substance use problems

Treatment options for cyclothymia include talk therapy, medications, and ongoing care. At Honey Lake Clinic, our experienced doctors and staff firmly believe that faith-based treatment—encompassing mind, body, and spirit—will help you develop the spiritual and psychological skills that bring renewal and healing.

Reclaim Your Story and Start on Cyclothymic Disorder Treatment Today at Honey Lake Clinic

The individualized treatment, experienced staff, and tranquil environment at Honey Lake Clinic can help you regain control of your life and find lasting transformation. Contact our team online or call 888.428.0562 to get started today.