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Manic depressive disorder, nowadays referred to as bipolar affective disorder is characterized by episodes of mania and depression. It is an inherited mental illness and frequency of episodes can be correlated to the degree of severity in affected family members. More frequent episodes predisposed the sufferer to younger age of onset, delusions and hallucinations, drug abuse, alcohol abuse and suicidal tendencies.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by American Journal of Psychiatry 162:1266-1272, July 2005
About: Familial bipolar disorder traits dictate disease presentation
Date: July 2005
Source: American Journal of Psychiatry 162:1266-1272, July 2005
Author: Maria E. Fisfalen, Thomas G. Schulze, J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., Leslie J. DeGroot, Judith A. Badner, and Francis J. McMahon
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