- 1. [DSM-IV] mood disorders characterized by a history of manic, mixed, or hypomanic episodes, usually with concurrent or previous history of one or more major depressive episodes, including bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and cyclothymic disorder. Cf. depressive d's. 2. a term sometimes used in the singular to denote either bipolar I d. or bipolar II d., or both.
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