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It’s All About the Mood Spectrum: Part I, Recurrent Depression

Bipolar disorder is a relatively new term. Various research groups had been teasing out “unipolar” depressions from “bipolar” depressions, but it wasn’t until the DSM-III of 1980 that bipolar disorder was recognized a separate illness from unipolar depression. Contrary to popular belief, the term bipolar is not synonymous with manic depression, and therein lies a lot of confusion.

The pioneering diagnostician Emil Kraepelin, who coined the term manic depression, saw the illness as a...
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