manic depression

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Since being diagnosed with schizophrenia and manic depression, performances from Johnston have been seldom seen. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: RAC, Big Thief, Daniel Johnston," 11 Oct. 2017 Newhart’s character, Dr. Bob Hartley, was a psychologist, and the show didn’t shy away from mental disorders such as manic depression. Travis M. Andrews, BostonGlobe.com, "How Newhart’s ‘quietly revolutionary’ sitcom changed TV," 3 May 2018 More: Richard FitzGerald, an acclaimed juvenile and family court pioneer, has died Over the past year, Gray said the drugs stopped working and doctors couldn't find the right combination of drugs to control his manic depression. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Once a promising Louisville politician, Carl Brown died alone, fighting his demons," 20 Apr. 2018 When did manic depression become bipolar disorder and why? Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Mariah Carey and bipolar disorder: What is it and how is it treated?," 11 Apr. 2018 It’s estimated that 4.4 percent of adults in America will experience bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. NBC News, "Why does it take so long to diagnose bipolar disorder?," 11 Apr. 2018 He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which was then called manic depression. Jack Dickey, SI.com, "How Charley Pride Went From Negro League Ballplayer to Country Music's Jackie Robinson," 21 Mar. 2018 Eating disorders, cutting, depression, suicide, manic depression — in the popular imagination, all these things are most often seen as the struggles of young, wealthy, white American women. Tariro Mzezewa, New York Times, "In This Debut Novel, a College Student Hears Voices," 26 Feb. 2018 Since then, researchers have found that people with genetic markers for colorblindness and a specific blood type were susceptible to manic depression. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Dr. Ronald Fieve, 87, Dies; Pioneered Lithium to Treat Mood Swings," 12 Jan. 2018

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manic depression

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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

manic 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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