Mild Bipolar Disorder

2013 Bipolar Update

There are a number of bipolar disorders, but the main ones most people are familiar with are bipolar I and bipolar II. These are the disorders that exibit the most extreme symptoms so they are the ones most written about in books and articles. However, there is a a mild bipolar disorder known as cyclothymia which many individuals are unaware of.

Although people with cyclothymia can project the same symptoms as bipolar I and bipolar II, the symptoms are mild to moderate in comparison. However, though cyclothymia is a considered a mild bipolar disorder there is always the risk it can develop into full blown bipolar I or II if left untreated.

Even though individuals with cyclothymia are to known exhibit the same extreme highs and lows as those with bipolar I and bipolar II, their episodes are found to be both shorter and easier to control. Because of this factor cyclothymia is not technically a type of bipolar disorder at this early stage as it does not fit the criteria. However, most practitioners consider it as a mild bipolar disorder since it can easily develop into a more severe form if the symptoms remain untreated.

Cyclothymic disorder, as it is called in the medical community usually begins in early adulthood though at times it can appear in the late teens. It has been found to affect both males and females although there is a slightly higher percentage of females who develop it.

Like the more serious bipolar disorders there seems to be a generic or environmental component involved as studies have shown in many cases there is more than one family member who has the symptoms of a cyclothymic disorder.

It is very important that individuals with cyclothymia symptoms avoid drugs and alcohol as they are found to complicate matters even further and greatly interfere with the treatment.

Most people diagnosed with this mild bipolar disorder can be treated with depression medication, mood swing medication and counseling. Though this does not sound very appeasing, it can keep the disorder under control and allow the patient to have a relatively normal lifestyle.

If you feel you are exhibiting some of the signs of a cyclothymic disorder it is imperative you seek treatment. At this early stage it is much easier to keep things from progressing into the more serious problems that can occur with bipolar I or bipolar II.

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