Definition of manic depression in US English:

manic depression


  • another term for bipolar disorder
    • ‘You are about to market a drug that cures anxiety, manic depression, and schizophrenia.’
    • ‘He had been plagued with mental illness and manic depression during his life, suffering no fewer than ten breakdowns.’
    • ‘I didn't know it at the time, but he was under a psychiatrist's care for manic depression and several other mental illnesses.’
    • ‘He suffered from manic depression after shell shock in World War II and the festival has been timed to coincide with Mental Health Week.’
    • ‘This range is emphasized in people suffering from manic depression, a disorder which brings on strong depression as well as extreme happiness.’


The term manic depression has largely been replaced with the term bipolar disorder, which many feel has a less negative connotation. People with the condition can be referred to simply as bipolar, or as having bipolar disorder


manic depression

/ˈˌmænɪk dəˈprɛʃən/