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bipolar disorder

noun, Psychiatry.
1.
an affective disorder characterized by periods of mania alternating with periods of depression, usually interspersed with relatively long intervals of normal mood.
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  • For people with bipolar disorder, thoughts can race so quickly that the manic feeling becomes aversive.
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  • But it also served as a kind of safe house when, from time to time, he was in the down cycle of bipolar disorder.
  • And unlike bipolar disorder, which brings periods of euphoria, it appears to have no discernible upside.
  • bipolar disorder may be linked to mutations affecting circadian rhythm.
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  • Having a mixed up body clock has been linked to a vast array of ailments, including obesity and bipolar disorder.
  • For half a century, lithium salts have saved thousands from the potentially lethal grip of bipolar disorder.
British Dictionary definitions for bipolar disorder

bipolar disorder

noun
1.
a mental health problem characterized by an alternation between extreme euphoria and deep depression
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bipolar disorder in Medicine

bipolar disorder n.
An affective disorder marked by alternating periods of euphoria and depression.

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bipolar disorder in Science
bipolar disorder  
Any of several mood disorders usually characterized by periods of depression that alternate with mania.
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bipolar disorder in Culture

bipolar disorder definition


Also known as manic-depressive illness. This psychiatric disorder is marked by periods of euphoric (manic) highs often followed by periods of depression.

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