manic-depressive illness

Also called manic-depression.
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manic depression
 
n
a mental health problem characterized by an alternation between extreme euphoria and deep depression
 
usage  Though manic depression, manic-depressive are still often used by the general public, they are seen as having negative connotations. The preferred terms nowadays are bipolar disorder and experiencing bipolar disorder

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manic-depressive illness n.
bipolar disorder.

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manic-depressive illness   (mān'ĭk-dĭ-prěs'ĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
See bipolar disorder.
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manic-depressive illness definition


See bipolar disorder.

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Some researchers suggest this mental state might share neurochemical characteristics with the manic phase of manic depression.
Julie was dealing with issues of manic depression and within a year, struggled to stop using speed.
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