bipolar disorder


Definition of bipolar disorder

: any of several psychological disorders of mood characterized usually by alternating episodes of depression and mania

called also manic depression, manic-depressive illness

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About 17 percent of the Miami-Dade County Jail’s inmates have serious mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, according to the county’s court. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "A judge is accused of dismissing mental illness. These lawyers want him off their cases.," 28 June 2019 Knowledgeable clinicians caution that some people should not take psychedelics at all, including people with a personal or family history of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Kevin Matthews, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Let’s talk magic mushrooms, Denver, now that they are decriminalized," 17 June 2019 Scholars throughout the years have cited a variety of possibilities ranging from depression to schizophrenia to a form of bipolar disorder. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Catherine of Aragon's Sister, Juana la Loca, Really Like?," 10 June 2019 Wang would know: as a teen in the Bay Area, in 2001, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Anna Altman, The New Yorker, "In “The Collected Schizophrenias,” Esmé Weijun Wang Maps the Terrain of Her Mental Illness," 4 June 2019 Fields, who traveled to the rally from his Ohio home, told the judge that he is being treated for bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Man charged with driving into crowd at Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally pleads not guilty to hate crimes," 5 July 2018 This can happen with certain mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 Note that no study points to mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder being associated with false reports of rape. Sandra Newman, Vox, "What I learned reading hundreds of false rape accusations.," 18 Sep. 2018 On his eighth studio album, West is very honest about his struggles with suicidal thoughts and bipolar disorder., "Kanye West Isn't Afraid To Keep Up With The Kardashian On Ye," 1 June 2018

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of bipolar disorder

: any of several mood disorders characterized usually by alternating episodes of depression and mania

Note: The mania experienced in bipolar disorder may be of the euphoric or irritable type or both.

called also bipolar affective disorder, bipolar illness, manic depression, manic-depressive illness, manic-depressive psychosis

— compare major depressive disorder

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