bipolar illness


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

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 1 Feb. 2023.

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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