Skip to Content
Medical Term:

bipolar disorder


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

© Copyright 2017 Wolters Kluwer. All Rights Reserved. Review Date: Sep 19, 2016.