bipolar disorder


Definition of bipolar disorder

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

called also bipolar illness, manic depression

Examples of bipolar disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Founding a new company is never easy, but doing so with bipolar disorder is doubly hard. Jena Mcgregor, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 The woman’s family members told police during their investigation that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia and had stopped taking her medications. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 23 Dec. 2021 Samantha Fridley would stay up until 3 a.m. watching an endless stream of TikTok videos about borderline-personality disorder, bipolar disorder and multiple-personality disorder. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 26 Dec. 2021 Seizures, bipolar disorder, down syndrome, dementia, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder are among the eligible disorders listed in the program. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Dec. 2021 Insomnia is a symptom of many psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Lauren Krouse, SELF, 19 Nov. 2021 The national nonprofit was co-founded by actress Glenn Close after her sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew with schizoaffective disorder. The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Chamberlain was Black and lived with bipolar disorder. Lisa Kennedy, Variety, 18 Nov. 2021 Rosenbaum was reportedly homeless, struggled with bipolar disorder and just that day had been released from a hospital after attempting suicide. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of bipolar disorder

1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Bipolar disorder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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

— compare major depressive disorder

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