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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Recent Examples on the Web Dontay received several mental-health diagnoses, including bipolar disorder, ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder. Washington Post, "His siblings were killed by their adoptive mother. He was left in foster care to suffer a more common fate.," 11 Dec. 2019 Neely told jailers that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder. oregonlive, "Angry panhandler shattered more than $9,000 in windows because no one was giving her money, gets jail," 12 Dec. 2019 She’s accepted that grappling with her various demons – including bipolar disorder – is life-long and requires a balanced approach. Chrissie Dickinson,, "Beth Hart is living the bliss of a life that contains everything in a blizzard of extremes from no label to a Grammy nomination," 14 Nov. 2019 At the hospital, he was diagnosed as having a bipolar disorder with psychotic features and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to psychologist Steven Gold. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Everett Miller trial: Marine was suffering from PTSD, fixated on police shootings before killing Kissimmee cops, witnesses say," 6 Nov. 2019 Leslie believes bipolar disorder may play a role in Dale’s creativity., "When Leslie Jackson Chihuly met the artist who would become her husband, Dale Chihuly was a firecracker — talkative, compelling, upbeat. “He was interested in everything. He wanted to look at vintage clothing. He wanted to talk about books,” she recalled of their first days 25 years ago.," 23 Oct. 2019 More than 8 million people struggle with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in America, and an estimated 40% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia go untreated, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit focused on mental health. Kaiser Health News, The Denver Post, "Denver looks to take cops out of mental health-related 911 rescues," 11 Oct. 2019 The couple doubled their wealth to $25 billion after their company Hansoh, which makes drugs for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, went public in Hong Kong. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Tech billionaires dominate China's rich list. Some pig farmers also had a good year," 10 Oct. 2019 Hansoh makes treatments for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Washington Post, "Survey: China’s rich got richer in 2019 despite tariff war," 10 Oct. 2019

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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bipolar disorder


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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