manic depression


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Recent Examples on the Web Fascism, a misogynistic art world and manic depression are among the subjects dealt with in Paula Rego’s art. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 5 July 2021 Mania is also the main feature of bipolar disorder, which used to be known as manic depression. Jessica Migala,, 28 June 2021 Our parents — hard-working, blue-collar immigrant citizens — never imagined that their son suffered from manic depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Lizzy Feliciano, STAT, 29 May 2021 Eventually, he was declared to be suffering from manic depression, or bipolar disorder, as it is now called, and the diagnosis stuck. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 In his memoir, Mr. Pride spoke of struggles with manic depression. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2020 Treated for manic depression as an adult, Mr. Maschler found therapy unhelpful. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2020 As a psychiatrist, William B. Lawson has treated people battling schizophrenia and manic depression. Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2020 Treatment for schizophrenia, manic depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder is typically limited to medication in jails. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, 16 June 2020

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of manic depression

: a mental illness in which a person experiences periods of strong excitement and happiness followed by periods of sadness and depression

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variants: or manic-depression

Medical Definition of manic depression

: bipolar disorder Able to stabilize the mood swings of many people with manic depression, lithium revolutionized psychiatric therapy when the drug came on the scene several decades ago.— J. Travis, Science News, 11 Nov. 2000


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