manic-depressive illness


Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is characterized by episodic fluctuations in mood, concentration or energy levels. Anna Funk, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2019 Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness of the brain that causes extreme changes in mood and energy levels, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 Bipolar affective disorder, formerly called manic-depressive illness, is a psychiatric condition that is frequently misdiagnosed. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 June 2022 One of those troubles is bipolar disorder, which used to be known simply as manic-depressive illness. Rick Kogan,, 22 Oct. 2019 Natural selection could have eliminated anxiety, depression, addiction, anorexia and the genes that cause autism, schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. David P. Barash, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2019 Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, is a disorder of the brain that causes extreme mood swings, including extreme emotional highs and lows. Ashley Welch, CBS News, 6 June 2018 He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a manic-depressive illness that afflicts more than 6 million American adults, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Jessica Ravitz, CNN, 4 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manic-depressive illness was in 1951

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“Manic-depressive illness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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