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Medical Term:

cyclothymic personality


a personality disorder resulting from continuing subbipolar mood swings that shape a person's cognition, attitudes, and identity, coloring the whole of the individual's make-up, psychic life, and behavior to others. alternating periods of elation and depression, less severe than seen in bipolar disorder, usually not related to external circumstances.

See: affective personality, cyclothymic disorder, cyclothymia

Synonym(s): cycloid personality, cyclothymic personality disorder

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