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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The season saw Carrie caught up in a Russian conspiracy and losing custody of her daughter — not to mention the character, who suffers from a bipolar disorder, is acting erratically after building up a tolerance for lithium. Yvonne Villarreal,, "Russia conspiracies, custody battles: Claire Danes has had it tough on 'Homeland'," 5 June 2018 Ellie is a therapy dog to Stephanie, who suffers from bipolar disorder. Barbara Laker,, "Special delivery: Philly-bound service dog gives birth to 8 puppies at airport," 26 May 2018 Attorney Martin Rosen said the mother has a history of drug abuse and suffers from bipolar disorder. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Officers tried to help injured toddler. Her knife-wielding mom attacked them, NY police say | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 Drinking may have cut short the dreams of the 54-year-old one-time phlebotomist, short-time adventurer and occasional community theater actor who suffered from bipolar disorder since his teens. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kirk Schandelmeier died homeless. But while alive, he was a poet, actor, writer, dreamer," 23 Apr. 2018 Mariah Carey suffered in silence from bipolar disorder for years. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Mariah Carey Feels 'Uplifted' and 'Inspired' After Opening Up About Bipolar Disorder," 14 Apr. 2018 He was known to be mentally ill, suffering from bipolar disorder. German Lopez, Vox, "New York City police shoot and kill unarmed black man, mistaking a silver pipe for a gun," 5 Apr. 2018 Nicholas said Fornshell suffers from bipolar disorder. Cameron Knight,, "Serial flasher convicted again; exposed himself at Half Price Books," 2 Mar. 2018 Some law enforcement officials surmised that Richardson, who suffered from bipolar disorder, walked into the canyon, took off her clothes and succumbed to anaphylactic shock from extensive poison oak exposure. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Lie and Deny: Secrecy and Suspicion Surround the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department," 21 Apr. 2016

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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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