Definition of affective disorder in US English:

affective disorder


  • another term for mood disorder
    • ‘Eighty per cent of the writers she studied suffered at some point from an affective disorder, compared with only thirty per cent in the control group.’
    • ‘The postpartum period, however, is widely considered a high-risk period for recurrence of potentially severe and life-threatening episodes of major affective disorders.’
    • ‘I have come to the conclusion that the mother suffers from a definable mental illness, namely bipolar affective disorder.’
    • ‘The wife suffered from a major affective disorder which limited her ability to work.’
    • ‘On the contrary, anxious children often grow up to be adults with anxiety, depression or another affective disorder.’