Also called man·ic-de·pres·sion.
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British Dictionary definitions for manic depression

manic depression

/ psychiatry /

noun

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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Medicine definitions for manic depression

manic-depressive illness


n.

bipolar disorder
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Science definitions for manic depression

manic-depressive illness

[ măn′ĭk-dĭ-prĕsĭv ]

See bipolar disorder.
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Culture definitions for manic depression

manic-depressive illness


See bipolar disorder.

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