• bi-polar affective disorder until recently, the current name is of fairly recent origin and refers to the cycling between high and low episodes; it has replaced the older term manic-depressive illness coined by Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926) in the late nineteenth century.[1] The new term is designed to be neutral, to avoid the stigma in the non-mental health community that comes from conflating "manic" and "depression."
  • "In 1968, both the newly revised classification systems ICD-8 and DSM-II termed the condition "manic-depressive illness" as biological thinking came to the fore. The current nosology, bipolar disorder, became popular only recently, and some individuals prefer the older term because it provides a better description of a continually changing multi-dimensional illness." Source and further information: Further information:
  • I don't know how this could be true, but my instructor (she's a doctor) says that bi-polar is an alcoholic related matter and not a mental disorder. I don't agree with her but I have heard this from more than one doctor.
  • when the drug companies realized they could make money from a bad mood swings.

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