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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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