thymo-2, thym-, -thymia (emotions)
(Greek: thymos, spirit, soul; courage; breath, mind, emotions)
2. Apathy, emotional indifference, or unresponsiveness: Because of Teresa's persisting athymia, Dr. Brown prescribed a mild antidepressant.
Priscilla's athymia was expressed by the fact that she didn't care if she got any better or not, nor whether she would live or die.3. A congenital lack at birth of a thymus gland (an organ situated in the center of the upper chest just behind the breastbone that assists the immune system): Dr. Bowers noted that, given the athymia of her patient, a regimen of medications to counter the inherent immunodeficiency was necessary.
2. A psychiatric disorder in which the patient has frequent, relatively mild mood swings, between elation and depression.
Cyclothymia is a mild mood disorder which is sometimes seen as more of a personality trait than an illness. It is characterised by repetitive periods of mild depression followed by periods of normal or a slightly elevated mood (depressions and euphorias). A percentage of cyclothymics go on to develop full-blown bipolar disorder at some stage in their lives, while others suffer from forms of depression or other more severe mood disorders.
Some researchers have theorized that cyclothymia is common among creative and high-achieving people, with the idea being that cyclothymics develop new ideas during their brief high periods and then persist through the work necessary to achieve that new idea during their lengthy low periods.
2. A type of depression involving long-term, chronic symptoms that do not disable a person, but which keeps one from functioning fully or from feeling at one's best.
3. Dysthymia is less severe than depression and what is considered a major depression; however, people with dysthymia may experience major depressive episodes.
4. Depression, usually of less severity than psychotic depression or a major depressive disorder.
2. A normal non-depressed, reasonably positive mood. It is distinguished from euphoria, which refers to a high degree of happiness, and dysthymia, which refers to a mood of depression.
3. Used in ancient philosophy by Democritus as one of the root aspects of human life's goal as a necessary part of human-world view.
4. A state of mental tranquility and well-being; neither depressed nor manic.
5. Joyfulness; mental peace and tranquility; cheerfulness.
2. Emotional hypersensitivity.
3. A condition marked by unstable emotions.