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depressive

  

      adj  
1    tending to depress; causing depression  
2      (Psychol)   tending to be subject to periods of depression  
   See also       manic-depressive  
  depressively      adv  
  depressiveness      n  


bipolar manic-depressive disorder   , bipolar syndrome  
      n      See       manic-depressive  
manic-depressive     (Psychiatry)  
      adj  
1    denoting a mental disorder characterized either by an alternation between extreme euphoria and deep depression (bipolar manic-depressive disorder or syndrome) or by depression on its own or (rarely) by elation on its own (unipolar disorder)  
      n  
2    a person afflicted with this disorder  
   Compare       cyclothymia  
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