Definition of manic depression in English:

manic depression


  • another term for bipolar disorder
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are about to market a drug that cures anxiety, manic depression, and schizophrenia.’
    • ‘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 had been plagued with mental illness and manic depression during his life, suffering no fewer than ten breakdowns.’


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/