bipolar illness


: bipolar disorder
People with bipolar illness fluctuate between two mood extremes—mania and depression.Paul Donohue

Examples of bipolar illness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Psychiatry has gained more precise language for the diagnosis of depression and bipolar illness; this is necessary for good science and clinical care. Kay Redfield Jamison, STAT, 3 May 2024 In this loose sequel to a best-selling memoir of bipolar illness, Jamison, a writer and a psychologist, explores the process of prying a mind from disease or despair. Condé Nast, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023 Conditions include depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar illness (which may include psychotic symptoms), and substance use disorders. Christine Michel Carter, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bipolar illness was in 1972

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“Bipolar illness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

bipolar illness

: bipolar disorder
Bipolar illness is characterized by manic episodes of abnormally elated mood, increased energy, rapid speech, irritability, impulsivity, hostility and psychosis, and periods of severe depression.Jamie Talan, Newsday
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