- an affective disorder characterized by periods of mania alternating with periods of depression, usually interspersed with relatively long intervals of normal mood.
Formerly manic-depressive illness.
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bipolar affective disorder or bipolar syndrome
- a mental health problem characterized by an alternation between extreme euphoria and deep depression
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- Any of several mood disorders usually characterized by alternating periods of depression with mania or hypomania.manic-depressive illness
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- Any of several mood disorders usually characterized by periods of depression that alternate with mania.
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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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