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Here be (more) links (again) for your perusal (as usual).

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How to Spot a Manic Depressive Person
– this is pretty good. The only niggle I have with it is their only mentioning psychosis as a symptom of extreme mania. But I think it’s useful not only for spotting bipolar, it works for keeping an eye on symptoms too.

Bipolar patients with mania/mixed episodes who quit using cannabis do better than their counterparts who continue using the drug, new research shows.
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In the first study of its kind, Canadian researchers are investigating whether probiotics, the good stomach bacteria that aid digestion, regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation, may in fact be a treatment for those with bipolar disorder.
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Things I watched on YouTube recently:
The Bridge (2006 documentary)
If these walls could talk: stories from behind Toronto’s psychiatric patient built wall

The first REM sleep period not only begins too early in the night in people who are clinically depressed, it is also often abnormally long. Instead of the usual 10 minutes or so, this REM may last twice that. The eye movements too are abnormal — either too sparse or too dense. In fact, they are sometimes so frequent that they are called eye movement storms.
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