Excellent post summarizing research on the negative effect of bipolar disorder on the brain over time. Medication, lithium in particular, heals and protects the brain. Take your meds, folks. Mania is damaging.
My dad has dementia - not Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia - but dementia nonetheless. His dementia has slowly progressed over many years and is greatly exacerbated by his heavy drinking. [...]