Medical Dictionary: Manic-depressive disorder


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Manic-depressive disorder: Another name for Bipolar disorder.
Manic-depressive disorder (condition): Cycles of mania and depression; commonly called "manic-depression".
Manic-depressive disorder (condition): Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, involves cycles of alternating mania and depressive symptoms. It is an under-diagnosed disorder with many cases misdiagnosed for years. Many cases of bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed as clinical depression because patients tend to seek treatment during the down phases, rather than the euphoric manic phases. Other possible misdiagnoses include anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, and schizophrenia. There are several subtypes of bipolar disorder, including the milder bipolar II disorder, that need to be carefully distinguished for accurate diagnosis.

Manic-depressive disorder: There is a tendency to romanticize bipolar disorder. Many artists, musicians and writers have suffered from its mood swings. But in truth, many lives are ruined by this disease; and without effective treatment, the illness is associated with an increased risk of suicide.1

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Going to Extremes Bipolar Disorder: NIMH

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