Chapter 1. From Mania to Bipolar Disorder

  1. Lakshmi N. Yatham2 and
  2. Mario Maj3
  1. David Healy

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch1

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

How to Cite

Healy, D. (2010) From Mania to Bipolar Disorder, in Bipolar Disorder (eds L. N. Yatham and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. Hargest Unit, North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, LL57 2PW, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470721988

Online ISBN: 9780470661277



  • from mania to bipolar disorder;
  • Pinel and evidence based medicine;
  • Karl Kahlbaum, first to approach modern bipolar disorder;
  • manic-depressive illness;
  • manic-depressive illness reception - the academic response;
  • manic-depressive illness - and typical asylum;
  • affective disorder story - in psychotropic era and bipolar disorder emergence;
  • incidence of postpartum psychoses - in North West Wales;
  • dramatic and rapid switch from manic-depressive illness to bipolar disorder - in mid-1990s;
  • cycloid disorders, sound clinical grounds - going beyond Kraepelinian synthesis, remaining neglected


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • From Pinel to Kraepelin

  • Manic-depressive illness

  • The reception ofmanic-depressive illness – the academic response

  • The reception of manic-depressive illness: a typical asylum

  • The emergence of bipolar disorder

  • References