Definition of bipolar disorder in US English:

bipolar disorder


  • A mental condition marked by alternating periods of elation and depression.

    Also called (especially formerly) manic depression
    Compare with unipolar
    • ‘Like every other mental ailment, bipolar disorder is treated through medication and counseling.’
    • ‘However, the combination of both scales was most useful in discriminating bipolar disorders from unipolar depressive disorders.’
    • ‘Almost four out of ten people could not think of any symptoms related to bipolar disorder or manic depression, as it is also known.’
    • ‘One study revealed a 13 percent risk of bipolar disorder among offspring of persons with the disorder.’
    • ‘Wurtman goes so far as to call them dangerous for those who already struggle with depression or bipolar disorder.’
    • ‘It lowers rates of depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression and suicide.’
    • ‘Most had been diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.’
    • ‘The natural history of symptoms and dysfunction during previous pregnancies and deliveries, if known, is also important, especially in patients with depressive and bipolar disorders.’
    • ‘Major psychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, may have a genetic link.’
    • ‘Patients with chronic severe depressive and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and bipolar disorders are particularly in need of specialty consultation and management.’
    • ‘There continue to be very few articles on serious mental disorders, with only two papers submitted, specifically on depression and bipolar disorders.’
    • ‘The clinical spectrum of the disease can range from simple sadness to a major depressive or bipolar disorder.’
    • ‘Another type of depression is bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness.’
    • ‘When bipolar disorder and alcoholism occur together, each can worsen the symptoms and severity of the other.’
    • ‘Signs of chronic mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia may first show up in childhood.’
    • ‘She'd long suspected she might suffer from bipolar disorder and depression, but hadn't pursued it.’
    • ‘Today, five of the ten leading causes of disability worldwide (major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, alcohol use and obsessive compulsive disorders) are mental illnesses.’
    • ‘The most difficult to treat and disabling aspect of bipolar disorder is the depression phase.’
    • ‘The depression episodes of bipolar disorder may be treated in a similar way to clinical depression.’
    • ‘These are the extremes associated with bipolar disorder, which can be a serious and disabling mental illness.’


See manic depression


bipolar disorder