manic-depressive psychosis

manic-depressive psychosis n BIPOLAR DISORDER

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a severe mental illness causing repeated episodes of depression, mania, or both. These episodes can be precipitated by upsetting events but are out of proportion to these causes. Sometimes chronic depression or chronic mania can result. There is a genetically inherited predisposition to the illness. Treatment is with phenothiazines drugs for mania, and antidepressant drugs or, in severe cases, electroconvulsive therapy for depression. lithium and carbamazepine can prevent or reduce the frequency and severity of attacks, and the sufferer is usually well in the intervals between them.

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former name for bipolar disorder; see bipolar disorders (def. 2), under disorder.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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