Psych M.D. - Bipolar Disorder


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Term: Bipolar Disorder
Definition (Myers): A mood disorder in which the person alternates between the hopelessness and lethargy of depression and the overexcited state of mania. (Formerly called manic-depressive disorder)
Definition (alternative): Bipolar disorder is an illness that consists of alternating periods of elevated moods, called manic episodes, and depression.depression.about.com
Contextual explanation: Bipolar disorder is the alternation between manic phases and depression.The manic phase involves overreactiveness, overtalkativeness and elation. According to the text book Psychology by Myers, who has a Ph.D from Iowa University, 'if depression is living in slow motion, mania is fast forward.' So, if a person has bipolar disorder, one moment he may be depressed and feel worthlessness, and one moment he will be over talkative, loud and overreactive.
Related terms and concepts:Major Depressive Disorder, Manic Episode, Depression, Psychological Disorders



Psych M.D. - Bipolar Disorder - The Neuron


Related websites:

NIMH: Bipolar Disorder
About.com: Bipolar Disorder
Medicine.net: Bipolar Disorder

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