March 24, 2010

Cyclothymia Disorder Causes and Treatment

Posted in Category : Depression

Cyclothymia is a disorder of a brain that results in erratic behavior over a period of time. This is a type of bipolar disorder that occurs in some individuals that are genetically susceptible to the disease and also who are in highly stressed environments. There are several other predisposing factors and one of them is also the levels of serotonin that are created in the body. Serotonin is a substance that is created in the human intestines and is a major regulator of neurotransmitters like dopamine and noradrenaline. A bipolar disorder is a disorder in which there are wild mood swings between euphoria and depression.


Cyclothymia is conferred as a diagnosis once certain specific criteria are met; namely, the elimination of depression and regular bipolar disorder as possibilities, at least two years of consistent rise of the symptoms, being symptom free for at least two months, elimination of schizophrenia as a possibility, euphoria and hyperactivity in one phase, and depression and sadness with no apparent reason in the opposite state. Being in a family of people that have similar behavioral traits is a major factor in predisposing one to the disease, parenting styles that border on strictness, environment, stress that is a major contributor to the release of cortisol, serotonin deficiency, and job loss are sometimes major contributors of the disease developing. Treating the disorder requires the use of mood stabilizers like lithium, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medication, and anticonvulsants. Along with the medical route, the use of therapy is also advised by most psychiatrists. The therapy that is used is mostly cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, and group therapy.


There is no natural remedies that can help out with this disorder. This is primarily because there is nothing that you can ingest that will be taken up by the brain. This is primarily because of the action of the blood brain barrier and the specific neurochemistry in the brain; most of the medications that are used; however, can get past this barrier and have positive effects. The best thing that you can do if you have cyclothymia is to record your moods and understand when your personality starts to make change. It is also important that you figure out the trigger for the mood swing and ensure that you mentally try to fight the action of the trigger. There is also much to be said about exercising more control over the mind using techniques like Yoga.