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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According to court documents, Diaz said she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Couple accused in death of 4-year-old to undergo mental competency exams," 31 Jan. 2018 Two years earlier, two panels of FDA advisers had considered whether to approve Seroquel for new conditions—schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in children, and depression in adults who are taking other medicines. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and a host of others have no visible markers in the brain. The Economist, "A big collaboration is trying to understand diseases of the psyche," 28 June 2018 Homeland, which stars Claire Danes as a CIA operative with bipolar disorder, premiered in 2011. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marti Noxon Wants to Put Angry Women on TV," 15 May 2018 At different points, Connor also has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and ADHD., "Raising Connor," 4 May 2018 Still, Mana was well-aware of the particular stigma around bipolar disorder, which is associated with extreme mood swings and manic episodes. Jamie Goldberg,, "Through the death of her father and a battle with mental illness, Mana Shim perseveres," 7 Apr. 2018 During a student rotation at Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles, Edwards saw bipolar disorder, psychosis and major depression up close, and she was struck by the need for care among minorities, especially African-Americans and Latinos. NBC News, "Psychiatrist stays close to home and true to her childhood promise," 4 Apr. 2018 Mental illness refers to hundreds of disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Cain: Employers should pay as much attention to mental health as physical wellness," 10 Mar. 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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