bipolar disorder

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bipolar disorder (countable and uncountable, plural bipolar disorders)

  1. (clinical psychology, psychiatry) A psychiatric diagnostic category, previously called manic depression, characterised by mood swings between great energy (mania) and clinical depression.
    • 2002, American Psychiatric Association, American Journal of Psychiatry: Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder (Revision), page 30,
      An open study comparing response to lamotrigine in patients with rapid-cycling versus non-rapid-cycling bipolar disorder also indicated efficacy, with some evidence that rapid-cycling patients with more severe manic symptoms at the start of treatment respod less well (367).
    • 2003, Jane Mountain, Bipolar Disorder: Insights for Recovery[1], page 102:
      It[switching] is a term frequently used with children with bipolar disorder who may experience switching of mood multiple times throughout the day.
    • 2008, Tracy Anglada, Sheryl Hakala, Childhood Bipolar Disorder Answer Book, page 32,
      Bipolar disorder is diagnosed if your child experiences a manic or mixed episode or recurring episodes of both mania and depression that cannot be accounted for by other causes.
    • 2010, Valerie Porr, Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder[2], page 51:
      The rapid mood shifts that people with BPD[borderline personality disorder] experience often lead to their being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder. It is important to make the distinction between the mood shifts that characterize BPD and those of bipolar disorder.


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