manic depression

noun

1911

First Known Use of manic depression

1911


MANIC DEPRESSION Defined for English Language Learners

manic depression

noun

Definition of manic depression for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

manic depression

noun
variants: or

manic–depression

Medical Definition of manic depression

  1. :  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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