BIPOLAR By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 adj. the condition of vacillating between two extreme poles, for instance, that of mania and depression. The term usually applies to affective conditions which lead to psychological disorders. BIPOLAR: "Going beyond occasional mood swings now and then, being bipolar translates into a pathological mood disorder that leans toward the extreme." Related Psychology Terms BIPOLAR DISORDERS AFFECTIVE DISORDER PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS BIOCHEMICAL APPROACH PHOTOTHERAPY PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECTING MEDICAL CONDITION CATECHOLAMINE HYPOTHESIS SCHEDULE FOR AFFECTIVE DISORDERS AND SCHIZOPHRENIA (SADS) PSYCHOPHARMACOTHERAPY KSADS Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "BIPOLAR," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/bipolar/ (accessed October 20, 2018).