Matt Edmondson suffers from uncommon cyclothymia which leaves him feeling ‘very low or emotionally excessive’
Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson has revealed he suffers from uncommon dysfunction referred to as cyclothymia – which leaves him feeling ‘very low or emotionally excessive’.
The lesser-known situation can result in bipolar dysfunction if untreated.
Final 12 months, Matt, 35, revealed on Twitter that his father took his personal life when he was 22.
Radio 1’s Matt Edmondson has revealed he suffers from uncommon dysfunction referred to as cyclothymia – which leaves him feeling ‘very low or emotionally excessive’
Matt’s father suffered with bipolar dysfunction and was an alcoholic.
Matt instructed The Solar: ‘I have to be doing one thing always, however I’ve a situation referred to as cyclothymia.
‘I’ve these excessive episodes the place I really feel actually productive and constructive after which durations the place I really feel low and unmotivated – fortunately that is extra not often.
‘I’m on prime of it now, however it was just a little complicated after I was youthful. I used to be in my late 20s after I was identified.’
The lesser-known situation can result in bipolar dysfunction if untreated
Matt, 35, has loved a profitable profession presenting TV and radio, at present internet hosting afternoon slots on Radio 1 on weekends with Mollie King
Matt, 35, has loved a profitable profession presenting TV and radio, at present internet hosting afternoon slots on Radio 1 on weekends with Mollie King.
In line with the NHS, cyclothymia, or cyclothymic dysfunction produces delicate symtoms that don’t search psychological well being therapy.
Typically, the emotional highs ‘really feel good’ so the affected person ‘doesn’t realise there’s something fallacious or need to search assist’.
In consequence, cyclothymia usually goes undiagnosed and untreated.
Household man: Matt is pictured together with his spouse Bryony and their daughter Ivy, 4
Opening up: In October, he penned the above sequence of Tweets
The NHS web site provides: ‘The temper swings can have an effect on day by day life, and trigger issues with private and work relationships. When you suppose you might have cyclothymia, it is essential to hunt assist from a GP.
‘Individuals with cyclothymia are liable to creating bipolar dysfunction, so it is essential to get assist earlier than reaching this stage. Women and men of any age can get cyclothymia, however it’s extra frequent in ladies.’
In October, Matt posted a thread to Twitter, addressing his father’s dying.
He wrote: ‘Once I was 22, my Dad took his personal life. It was precisely 12 years in the past as we speak. He suffered from manic despair and bipolar and he was an alcoholic. He’d been in a really depressed state for a number of years, nonetheless it nonetheless got here as an unlimited and terrible shock.
‘As a child I wasn’t actually conscious of what it meant for somebody to be an alcoholic, or that my Dad was one, however I used to be conscious of his consuming and I usually felt frightened by it. I solely actually clicked that he was affected by alcoholism within the fast months earlier than his dying, after I was an grownup and I took him to an AA assembly. He’d been hiding the total extent of it for years.
Signs of cyclothymia
In case you have cyclothymia, you may have durations of feeling low adopted by durations of utmost happiness and pleasure (referred to as hypomania) when you do not want a lot sleep and really feel that you’ve a variety of power. The durations of low temper don’t final lengthy sufficient and should not extreme sufficient to be identified as scientific despair. You may really feel sluggish and lose curiosity in issues throughout these durations, however this could not cease you going about your day-to-day life. Temper swings can be pretty frequent – you’ll not go for longer than 2 months with out experiencing low temper or an emotional excessive. Signs of cyclothymia should not extreme sufficient so that you can be identified with bipolar dysfunction, and your temper swings can be damaged up by durations of regular temper.
Remedy for cyclothymia
Remedy normally includes drugs and a few sort of speaking remedy (psychotherapy).
The goal is to:
• cease the cyclothymia creating into bipolar dysfunction
• scale back your signs
• cease your signs coming again
You will most likely must proceed this therapy for the remainder of your life.
It’s possible you’ll be prescribed:
• medicines to stage out your temper (temper stabilisers)
Temper stabilisers embrace:
• lithium – generally used to deal with bipolar dysfunction
• anti-epileptic medicine – similar to carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine or sodium valproate
Antidepressants might assist enhance your low moods, however they could trigger you to change to the opposite excessive of hypomania.
Lately, some antipsychotics similar to quetiapine have additionally been used as temper stabilisers.
However not all folks with cyclothymia reply to drugs.
Psychotherapy, similar to cognitive behavioural remedy (CBT), can assist with cyclothymia. CBT includes speaking to a educated therapist to search out methods that can assist you handle your signs by altering the best way you suppose and behave. You will be given sensible methods to enhance your mind-set every day.
‘I additionally didn’t perceive what it meant to have a dad or mum whose moods may differ so otherwise. For lots of my childhood my Dad was a hilarious, pun making, playful father, however he was additionally actually troublesome to stay with.
‘In my teenage years, we had an enormous falling out, instigated by his behaviour. We have been capable of go some strategy to patching issues up within the years previous to his dying, however I’ve spent a very very long time wrestling with my emotions about him.
‘I liked him, however usually didn’t like him. I discovered it arduous to grieve for him, as I used to be so offended with how he had died, and what it had executed to our household that I couldn’t forgive him. I by no means took the time to deal with my emotions correctly. It was a lot simpler to run again to my regular life and try to neglect it had occurred, which I did.’
Matt spent the primary lockdown writing music, and revealed he penned a music about his father, which he shared together with his followers.
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