unipolar depression

noun

: psychological depression not accompanied by mania
specifically : major depressive disorder
Providers should ask whether the patient has a history of bipolar disorder, or manic depression, which may be misdiagnosed as unipolar depression. Jurgen Unutzer

Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unipolar depression was in 1965

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“Unipolar depression.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unipolar%20depression. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

unipolar depression

noun
: psychological depression not accompanied by mania
specifically : major depressive disorder
Providers should ask whether the patient has a history of bipolar disorder, or manic depression, which may be misdiagnosed as unipolar depression Jurgen Unutzer, The New England Journal of Medicine
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