Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Coping with cyclothymia can be difficult. Medications can have unwanted side effects, and you may feel angry or resentful about having a serious condition that requires lifelong treatment. During periods when you feel better, or during hypomanic episodes, you may be tempted to stop your cyclothymia treatment. Here are some ways to cope with cyclothymia:

  • Learn about the disorder. Learning about cyclothymia and its possible complications can empower you and motivate you to stick to your treatment plan.
  • Join a support group. Support groups for people with cyclothymia can help you reach out to others facing similar challenges.
  • Stay focused on your goals. Successfully managing cyclothymia can take time. Stay motivated by keeping your goals in mind.
  • Find healthy outlets. Explore healthy ways to channel your energy, such as hobbies, exercise and recreational activities.
  • Learn relaxation and stress management. Try stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga or tai chi.
Jun. 13, 2012