An Unquiet Mind

An Unquiet Mind Glossary

Manic-depressive illness

a mood disorder defined by manic or hypomanic episodes (changes from one's normal mood accompanied by high energy states)


heightened energy, sensitivity, creativity, sociability, and productivity


characterized by an utter lack of feeling that causes exhaustion, despair, and psychological pain; difficulty performing the daily tasks of normal life; can lead to suicidal ideation

Unipolar Depression

depression without recurring manic episodes

Bipolar Disorder

another word for manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is the more commonly accepted term in the medical world today


mark of disgrace; a distinguishing characteristic that causes others to change how they treat you

Medication Stigma

stigma about taking daily medication that causes non-compliance

Medication Compliance

Usage of medication in accordance with prescription. In order for a medication to work properly, it should be taken exactly as prescribed; medication non-compliance is one of the largest problems facing manic-depressives

Clinical Psychology

branch of psychology concerned with the assessment and treatment of mental illness


the state of being mentally ill, especially severely; outdated term

Side Effects

a secondary, often undesirable effect of a medical treatment


common mood stabilizer prescribed to those with manic-depressive disorder


the study and treatment of mental illness



Candy Striper

a volunteer in a hospital

Rorschach Test

Psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of random images like inkblots are recorded and analyzed


stormy, turbulent


Distinctive, Quirky

Mental Illness

disorders that affect mood, thinking, and behavior