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Medical Term:

bipolar disorder

 

Definition: an affective disorder characterized by the occurrence of alternating manic, hypomanic, or mixed episodes and with major depresive episodes. The DSM specifies the commonly observed patterns of bipolar I and bipolar II disorder and cyclothymia.

Synonym(s): manic-depressive psychosis

See Also: manic episode, cyclothymia

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