bipolar disorder

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bipolar disorder

A mood disorder characterized by manic or hypomanic episodes typically alternating with depressive episodes. Also called manic-depressive disorder.

bipolar disorder


bipolar affective disorder


bipolar syndrome

(Psychiatry) a mental health problem characterized by an alternation between extreme euphoria and deep depression

bipo′lar disor′der

an affective disorder characterized by periods of mania alternating with depression, usu. interspersed with relatively long intervals of normal mood; manic-depressive illness.
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Noun1.bipolar disorder - a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depressionbipolar disorder - a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression
affective disorder, emotional disorder, emotional disturbance, major affective disorder - any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant
cyclic disorder, cyclothymia, cyclothymic disorder - a mild bipolar disorder that persists over a long time
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Even the classical manic-depressive disease, which for Kraepelin was the second endogenous psychosis along with schizophrenia, is mentioned as "bipolar depression." But until neuropsychiatric asylums were formed, tradition commented expansively on melancholia rather than mania.
The "old school" of clinical psychiatry operated within a dichotomy of major categories--neurosis or psychosis--and the latter one recognized only 3 diagnostic entities: schizophrenia, manic-depressive disease, and organic disorder.
One way of conceptualizing manic-depressive disease is as a disorder with a radically different time course but nonetheless sharing some similarities with epilepsy, where focal firing oscillates with quiescence.

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