any mental disorder, as depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, or cyclothymia, in which a major disturbance of feelings or emotions is predominant.
any mental disorder, such as depression or mania, that is characterized by abnormal disturbances of mood
affective disorder n.
Any of a group of disorders characterized by a prolonged, pervasive disturbance of mood together with a full or partial manic or depressive response that is not caused by a separate physical or mental disorder.
See mood disorder.
- Affective fallacy
a proposition in literary criticism that a poem should be analyzed and described in terms of its own internal structure and not in terms of the emotional response it arouses in the reader. noun in literary criticism, the theory that poetry’s internal structure should be analyzed and described as opposed to its emotional effect on […]
- Affective psychosis
noun a severe mental disorder characterized by extreme moods of either depression or mania affective psychosis n. Psychosis characterized chiefly by emotional disturbance.
of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional. causing emotion or feeling. Historical Examples affectively she was remarkably frank, sometimes a little surly, or she showed a slight empty uneasiness. Benign Stupors August Hoch adjective (psychol) relating to affects concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection affective af·fec·tive (ə-fěk’tĭv) adj. Concerned with or […]
of, caused by, or expressing emotion or feeling; emotional. causing emotion or feeling. Historical Examples Nor does he contribute much likely to be of permanent value in any part of the wide domain of affectivity. A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud adjective (psychol) relating to affects concerned with or arousing the emotions or affection […]