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Medical Term:

cyclothymic disorder


  1. a mental disorder characterized by noticeable, clinically significant swings of mood, largely unrelated to life events, from depression to hypomania, of lesser magnitude than in bipolar disorder.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

Synonym(s): cyclothymia1

See Also: cyclothymia2, bipolar disorder

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