manic depression


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Recent Examples on the Web Treated for manic depression as an adult, Mr. Maschler found therapy unhelpful. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Tom Maschler, Bold British Publisher and Booker Prize Founder, Dies at 87," 23 Oct. 2020 As a psychiatrist, William B. Lawson has treated people battling schizophrenia and manic depression. Washington Post, "Black psychiatrists are few. They’ve never been more needed.," 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, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 Once called manic depression, the disorder causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, concentration, and the ability to carry out routine tasks. Katharine Q. Seelye,, "Mary Pat Gleason, actress with many credits and a cause," 11 June 2020 Around the same time I was diagnosed with manic depression. New York Times, "You Birth How You Live," 17 Apr. 2020 Johnston struggled throughout his life with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and manic depression. Jen Juneau,, "Singer-Songwriter Daniel Johnston Dies at 58," 12 Sep. 2019 As a young man, Bolles — who has been the director of the La Jolla Presbyterian Church’s worship and arts ministry since 2011 — saw his older sister struggle with manic depression and brief bouts of homelessness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego Street Choir gives the homeless a voice while giving back," 21 Aug. 2019 This was the beginning of Brigetta’s journey toward managing her manic depression. Jessica Ciosek,, "How This Track Olympian Overcame Mental Illness," 20 June 2019

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Manic depression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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