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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In a follow-up essay in Harvard Business Review in January, Rhoda Meek, Olark’s customer-service director, described the benefits of talking openly with her team about her challenges with bipolar disorder. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Benefits (and Risks) of the Mental-Health Day," 17 Dec. 2018 Some of the genes in question have been associated with both aggressive behavior and immune response in rats, and some have been linked to behavioral traits, like bipolar disorder, in humans. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Friendly fox genomes help us understand the genetics of behavior," 11 Aug. 2018 Studies are being conducted on ketamine’s efficacy on anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even obsessive-compulsive disorder. Alice Levitt, Vox, "I tried ketamine to treat my depression. Within a day, I felt relief.," 24 July 2018 Higdon, who has bipolar disorder, and Williams had been homeless for about a decade. Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, "The future of suburban homelessness? As malls empty, an old Macy’s becomes a homeless shelter.," 6 July 2018 Her struggle with bipolar disorder, which became highly publicized after a 1996 manic episode left her homeless for a time, also likely contributed to her career’s decline. Mike Miller,, "How Superman Star Margot Kidder Spent Her Final Years in Montana: 'She Had Enough of Hollywood'," 15 May 2018 Serious mental illness, such as major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, affects one in 17 people in the U.S. WSJ, "Hospitals Lose With Medicaid Expansion," 6 Nov. 2018 Court records show Mackley told officers in Oregon he has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and lives on disability payments of less than $1,000 a month. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Body of Oregon woman, 89, found in trunk of convicted sex offender's car," 28 Sep. 2018 People with bipolar disorder are not always experiencing symptoms. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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