- Episodes of hypomania (see:
Bipolar disorder) and mild depressionoccur for at least 2 years (1 or more years in children and adolescents)
- Mood swings are less severe than in bipolar disorder, major depression, or mania
- Symptoms are persistent, with no more than 2 symptom-free months in a row
Signs and tests
Your description of your mood history usually leads to diagnosis of the disorder. Your health care providers may order blood and urine tests to rule out medical causes of mood swings.
Review Date: 08/14/2010
Reviewed By: David B. Merrill, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia Unviersity Medical Center, New York, NY. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.