Radio 1's Matt Edmondson reveals rare mood disorder diagnosis

Matt Edmondson attending The Audio and Radio Industry Awards held at The London Palladium, London. (Photo by Lia Toby/PA Images via Getty Images)
Matt Edmondson (Photo by Lia Toby/PA Images via Getty Images)

Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson has spoken about the rare mood disorder he is living with which makes him need to keep constantly busy.

Edmondson, 35, revealed that he suffers from cyclothymia, which could lead to bipolar disorder if it goes untreated.

He told The Sun on Sunday: “I need to be doing something at all times, but I have a condition called cyclothymia.

“I have these extreme episodes where I feel really productive and positive and then periods where I feel low and unmotivated – thankfully this is more rarely.”

Matt Edmondson attending the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards 2019 held at Television Centre, London. (Photo by Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)
Matt Edmondson has spoken about living with cyclothymia (Photo by Scott Garfitt/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sharing that he had been given his diagnosis in his late 20s, Edmondson added that he felt in control of his condition.

He said: “I’m on top of it now, but it was a little confusing when I was younger.”

Edmondson presents his BBC Radio 1 show on weekend afternoons with Mollie King.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY)  Mollie King and Matt Edmondson attend The BRIT Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on February 18, 2020 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Edmondson presents on Radio 1 with Mollie King (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Cyclothymia is a rare disorder affecting less than one per cent of the population, and its symptoms involve periods of low mood followed by highs where the person feels full of energy and as if they don’t need much sleep.

If it goes untreated with medicine or talking therapy, cyclothymia can develop into bipolar disorder which may have much greater effects on mood and behaviour.

Edmondson’s radio co-host King has recently got engaged to partner Stuart Broad.

She shared a photo of the couple kissing and a diamond ring on her finger at New Year, writing: “A thousand times yes! I still can’t believe it, the most magical start to the new year! I can’t wait to spend all my years with you @stuartbroad.”

Watch: Mollie King and Stuart Broad are engaged