manic-depressive illness


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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, "Kate Spade's death prompts questions about bipolar disorder," 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, "How a 'madman' hopes to spark conversations about mental illness," 4 Oct. 2017

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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