manic depression

noun

Examples of manic depression in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The name has changed from manic depressive illness or manic depression to bipolar disorder (the term used in the fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-V, and by the National Institute of Mental Health, among others). Karen Garciastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2023 Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes severe shifts in mood, which can range from extreme highs (leading to feelings like elation or boosted energy) to extreme lows (causing feelings like indifference, sadness, or hopelessness). Serena Coady, SELF, 8 Apr. 2022 Maman suffers from manic depression. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2021 The former child star had been vocal about his struggles with substance use, as well as various mental health conditions — including personality disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2022 In 2019, Carter spoke out about his mental health issues and revealed he'd been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, schizophrenia, acute anxiety and manic depression. Doha Madani, NBC News, 6 Nov. 2022 The officer also recognized the woman as someone whos suffers from manic depression and schizophrenia and who displays victim-like behavior associated with victims of domestic violence. cleveland, 8 July 2022 Beginning in his teens, Dan was beset by mental troubles variously diagnosed, and medicated, as schizophrenia, depression or manic depression. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Roberts makes a convincing case for a diagnosis of severe manic depression. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manic depression was in 1904

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“Manic depression.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manic%20depression. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

manic depression

noun
variants or 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
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