This is a great discussion of helpful definitions of and terminology for bipolar disorder. Thanks DeeDee!
Today we have a vocabulary lesson – the bipolar disorder edition. I’m including some mentions of clinical definitions here, but the vernacular use of the terms is what I’m really trying to clarify.
Pretty much anyone who is familiar with this condition has already heard the terms “bipolar disorder”, the current terminology of choice, and the older descriptors “manic depression” or “manic depressive illness”. So I’m not going to go into those. Likewise, I’m not going to define depression, mania, or hypomania. Those are easy to look up. Do it yourself.
There’s even quite a bit of information on dysphoria and mixed states, the uglier side of hypo/mania and the concurrent combination of manic and depressive symptoms. Dysphoric mania and mixed states are synonymous terms; apparently they are extremely unpleasant, although I don’t really speak from first-hand experience. These mood episodes are considered the biggest risk factors for…
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