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Robert De Niro breaks down in tears as he discusses the plight of his bipolar illness
dailymail ^ | 5 February | By Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 02/05/2013 9:18:04 AM PST by dennisw

Robert De Niro wasn't acting when he broke down in sobs on Katie Couric's day time talk show Monday.

The usually tough-guy actor was a guest on Katie to discuss the hit film Silver Linings Playbook with director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper.

When asked about the film's premise - that of a bipolar character trying in vain to fit in - The Goodfellas actor began to cry.

'Did you feel a greater responsibility about doing a film that David had so much personally invested in?' the anchor asked, following up on a question asked of Russell.

'Of course, I uhm – I understand,' replied De Niro, who plays the father of Bradley Cooper's troubled Pat. After a long pause, he tried to continue, but sobbed up.

'I don’t like to get emotional, but I know exactly what he goes through.'

Russell was inspired to write the film because his son suffers from bipolar disorder as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Those are the mental illnesses that plague Cooper’s character Pat.

'There’s nothing harder in life than when you can’t, can’t figure out what to do,' Russell said about dealing with a character like Pat. 'You try everything, and you must never stop. Your heart just has to keep growing.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 02/05/2013 9:18:12 AM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Great publicity!


2 posted on 02/05/2013 9:23:56 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: dennisw

Breaks my heart


3 posted on 02/05/2013 9:24:13 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: dennisw

You talkin’ to me?


4 posted on 02/05/2013 9:31:17 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: dennisw

Is everyone bipolar? It’s getting ridiculous.


5 posted on 02/05/2013 9:32:54 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: dennisw

...As well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?


6 posted on 02/05/2013 9:33:17 AM PST by golux
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To: dennisw

...As well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?


7 posted on 02/05/2013 9:34:13 AM PST by golux
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To: riri

I know. Sometimes I get so excited about it and other times it just makes me sad.


8 posted on 02/05/2013 9:35:13 AM PST by DManA
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To: dennisw
The team!


9 posted on 02/05/2013 9:37:27 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: dennisw
an ACTOR !

FU bobby D

10 posted on 02/05/2013 9:37:50 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: dennisw

I found no headline or article supporting that Deniro has Bipolar Disorder. Does he?


11 posted on 02/05/2013 9:39:14 AM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: dennisw

Next stop Oprah for a real sob fest.


12 posted on 02/05/2013 9:40:54 AM PST by taillightchaser (I'm going to become a criminal so I can keep my guns.)
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To: riri

“Is everyone bipolar? It’s getting ridiculous.”

If a polar bear will have sex with either male or female polar bears, is he then bipolar?

So then, what do they give to a bipolar bear that is having sexual problems? Abilify:)


13 posted on 02/05/2013 9:41:01 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: riri

> Is everyone bipolar? It’s getting ridiculous.

This planet is bipolar.


14 posted on 02/05/2013 9:48:55 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: riri

> Is everyone bipolar? It’s getting ridiculous.

This planet is bipolar.


15 posted on 02/05/2013 9:48:55 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: t1b8zs
My son has BiPolar and Schizoaffective. It should break your heart. There is nothing remotely funny about mental illness; of this I am certain. I am the coordinator for my state for this program: Family to Family

One of the things that makes living with mental illness ( or having a loved one with an illness) so difficult is the level of stigma attached to these horrible illnesses. The sigma is caused largely by simple ignorance of these disorders. By the way, my son is doing very well because he is on the right medication and has a supportive family who educated themselves.

16 posted on 02/05/2013 9:50:39 AM PST by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: dennisw

“Analyze This”!!! Genuine tears? Riiiiggggghhhhhttttt!


17 posted on 02/05/2013 9:59:10 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: JaguarXKE

Oh my gosh. Bless you. My wife and I completed that course around Thanksgiving. It was truly a life changing experience in so many ways.


18 posted on 02/05/2013 10:01:28 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: riri

No, not everyone is bipolar, but the ones who are suffer greatly and should not be riduculed. Just hope YOU or someone in your family don’t end up with a disorder such as that. You won’t be laughing then, trust me.


19 posted on 02/05/2013 10:02:55 AM PST by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: riri

Yup, right after ADHD and autism.


20 posted on 02/05/2013 10:18:26 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Williams
I found no headline or article supporting that Deniro has Bipolar Disorder. Does he?

It looks like the headline got changed somewhere along the way. As I read the article, De Niro understands what David O. Wallace goes through with his bipolar son, either because he saw them interact, or because he goes through something similar with his own kids. By that interpretation, De Niro has a child who's either bipolar or troubled in some other way.

Of course he could be bipolar himself, but if he plays the parent of a bipolar child in the movie and is talking about how real-life experience made it easier or richer or satisfying for him to play the role, he wouldn't be talking about having the condition himself.

21 posted on 02/05/2013 10:21:28 AM PST by x
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Oh my gosh. Bless you. My wife and I completed that course around Thanksgiving. It was truly a life changing experience in so many ways.

That's great! Our son was originally diagnosed with BP back in 2006, at which time we got involved with NAMI and took the F2F 12-week course. Frankly it was a life saver for us. I doubt our son would be doing as we'll as he is now had we not taken that course. My wife and I have been instructors for F2F for about 6 years now and in fact we're starting another 12-week class this week (22 people signed up). The last class I taught was at the VA hospital with family members of ill Vets.

22 posted on 02/05/2013 10:28:36 AM PST by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: Jyotishi
"This planet is bipolar."


23 posted on 02/05/2013 10:31:39 AM PST by Edward Teach
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To: dennisw

Bipolar: Hollywood Lib, violent movies, big bucks, feel guilty, blow smoke up Clinton’s skirt.

Whether or not this clown has a diagnosis is beside the point.

Bipolar, Mentall Illness, whatever, It’s the new cool.

If Bipolar is cool enough for BD, then it’s cool enough for Everybody, and Goodbye 2nd Amendment.


24 posted on 02/05/2013 10:31:49 AM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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To: JaguarXKE

Robert De Niro and Robin Williams were “self-medicating” the night their friend John Belushi ODed.

Some think that Hollywood’s recent bipolar ODs and human disaster stories that play out in the gossip press are something new. And Hollywood gossip queens at TMZ love to see them fall. Sort of prevents some of them from seeking the help they need.


25 posted on 02/05/2013 10:41:07 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?

ADD,ADHD,BiPolar,Dyslexic.Geshhhhhhhh The scamers and phonys have screwed it up for the legit ones,Oh well.
SSI payments go to tooooooo f’en many that have some type of trumped up BS infliction.Start investigating each claim applied for and I will change my tune


26 posted on 02/05/2013 10:42:12 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: JaguarXKE

You did it now.

Waiting,...10...9.....8.... until the, “Your son doesn’t have a mental illness. Its just bad parenting.” crowd to chime in.

My son has ADHD w/Aspergers.

Everytime one of these nitwits shows up describing their perfect kid and perfect parenting methods I want to come right thru the computer screen at em.


27 posted on 02/05/2013 10:45:21 AM PST by Hammerhead
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To: JaguarXKE
Just seen something similar to this in doing my own sleep improvement study, it talks about bipolar and light. As for me, I got the blue blocker glasses off Amazon.com and put them on when watching TV at night, seems to me to help, I’ll add a couple of more links for anyone else interested;

Mental Health Benefits of Amber Colored Lenses
http://www.zimbio.com/Real+Depression+Help/articles/PakrrJ5cuNW/Mental+Health+Benefits+Amber+Colored+Lenses

Preliminary research has shown that amber colored lenses, which block blue light, can help regulate the mood of those suffering from bipolar disorder, insomnia, sleep deprivation as well as other maladies. Jim Phelps, M.D., from Corvallis, Oregon, is a pioneer in the field and has written extensively on the subject.

In an abstract from his study titled “Dark Therapy for Bipolar Disorder Using Amber Lenses for Blue Light Blockade”, Dr. Phelps writes that “Dark Therapy”, a treatment that uses total darkness to stabilize mood in those with bipolar disorder, is supported in several studies. This is basically the opposite of light therapy for depression.

(me again) I’ve been working on sleeping better, there’s some great tips to help, and let me say I feel great since I started on this, just keep it open in a tab and read as necessary;

How to Sleep Better
http://helpguide.org/life/sleep_tips.htm

How Light Affects Our Sleep
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-light-affects-our-sleep/#axzz2HLgq9Zv8

marksdailyapple.com has some other articles too, just haven’t read them yet, but it also recommends a free computer program to “to cut down on blue light emissions”, basically it turns a light shade of orange at night, here's another link for that;

Better lighting...for your computer
http://stereopsis.com/flux/

28 posted on 02/05/2013 10:48:50 AM PST by Son House (Romney Plan: Cap Spending At 20 Percent Of GDP.)
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To: riri

No, not everyone is mentally ill- but almost everyone is sick.

We are poisoned with one or more of the following: Indoctrination in the schools, environmental chemicals, vaccines, GMOs and/or media brainwashing- in TV, movies, print.

It is highly frustrating to live in this country. People react to adrenaline, hormones, chemicals... with physical and emotional illness. Mental illness do happen as well.

Our society is sick everywhere we look. But no, not everyone is bipolar.


29 posted on 02/05/2013 10:52:48 AM PST by Truth2012
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To: dennisw
He should try hitting a pillow.
30 posted on 02/05/2013 10:58:10 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: dennisw

BFD, I’m bi-polar and don’t go around sobbing about the reason I must take meds! I get so tired of this crap.


31 posted on 02/05/2013 11:24:42 AM PST by navymom1
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To: dennisw

F him. He’s the moron who berated everyone who criticized his idol p-resident Odumbo and he wants my sympathy? LOL, I hope his condition gets worse.


32 posted on 02/05/2013 11:26:14 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: JaguarXKE

So what’s the right medication in your opinion? My son is bi-polar and OCD too.


33 posted on 02/05/2013 11:29:14 AM PST by BrandtMichaels
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To: golux

“...As well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?”

And the Oscar for Best Creative Use of the Double Post goes to...


34 posted on 02/05/2013 11:34:59 AM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: dennisw

Whatever sells tickets.


35 posted on 02/05/2013 11:36:10 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: dennisw; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Po boy’s not only bipolar, but also, OH HORROR! bicoastal as well.


36 posted on 02/05/2013 11:37:38 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Williams

Sure looks like he is claiming he is bipolar...better than being bisexual or bicoastal


37 posted on 02/05/2013 11:42:39 AM PST by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

OK, Bob, so you really weren’t acting then in “Taxi Driver”.

I’ve got my eyes on you!


38 posted on 02/05/2013 11:46:39 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: BrandtMichaels

I’m not a Doctor and thus can’t answer that, and besides, every individual is different with respect to what works and what doesn’t. I know that some medications work for some people and not for others. Generally, doctors will prescribe what has the least side-effects first (first line medications) and only move to second or third line Meds (with harsher side effects) if necessary. In the 12week class I teach, we have a module on medications. If there is a NAMI affiliate in your area, I’d highly recommend you call and ask if the Family-to-Family course is available in your area. It made a huge difference for us.


39 posted on 02/05/2013 11:59:49 AM PST by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: riri; DManA; Jyotishi

I’m just unipolar but so far everyone has seemed pretty happy with it.


40 posted on 02/05/2013 12:00:07 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: JaguarXKE

I had read books on bp years ago, before getting divorced. Both my ex and her son, who I adopted, are bp. The best natural remedy was mineral water with lithium b/c the amt was minute enough not too become toxic.

Unfortunately the drug companies lobbied the FDA, who saw fit to prevent labeling for mineral waters. So I’m tempted to start vacationing and getting samples of as many different mineral waters as possible.

My ex hated the drugs and my son does too - too much zombification and what’s worse is going off the meds with brief rounds of psychotic behaviours.


41 posted on 02/05/2013 12:21:00 PM PST by BrandtMichaels
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To: JaguarXKE

My parents were married in 1950, after my mother got her degree in music education, and she began teaching. A few months later, she had a breakdown and was placed in a mental hospital, where she was given shock treatments. During her time there, she somehow managed to gouge out her own eye.

Six months later, with a new prosthetic, she was determined well enough and released. She and my father settled down and started a family, but my mother was never really happy. She began having huge mood swings. For a few weeks, she would seem so full of energy and unconcerned about anything. Then, she would suddenly crash and, for several more weeks, be unable to cope with the smallest problem. She was so severely depressed, she often considered suicide, but only stopped when she thought about her two young children.

Finally, one day, she was diagnosed as bipolar and started on medical therapy. Not only did her life turn around emotionally, but she accepted Christ as her Savior and suddenly had a whole new reason to live.

My favorite anecdote in all this: When she left the mental hospital, she always remembers a nurse snidely telling her she’d be back in ten years. Instead, ten years later, she was traveling around as a speaker for Christian Women’s Club, telling this same story to help inspire others.


42 posted on 02/05/2013 12:37:48 PM PST by ShasheMac
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To: BenLurkin

This is what kills me about the Hollywood freaks.

The vast majority are mentally ill but they profess their views as ones we should adopt. It proves the Skeeter is mentally ill also because the dufus hangs on to their every word.


43 posted on 02/05/2013 12:39:08 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: dennisw

Wonder how much pot he smoked?


44 posted on 02/05/2013 12:43:48 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: ShasheMac

Well God bless your Mother!! If you want to read a good first-hand account about mental illness and BP in particular, I recommend “They Call Me Anna,” by Patty Duke ( who is also BP).


45 posted on 02/05/2013 12:45:16 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: Son House

Thanks for these links! I know someone to share them with...


46 posted on 02/05/2013 12:48:51 PM PST by MarMema
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To: JaguarXKE

Thank you. I did read that years ago because, at the time, bipolar illness was relatively unknown and Patty was the first celebrity to speak out about it that I’d heard of.


47 posted on 02/05/2013 12:52:30 PM PST by ShasheMac
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To: BrandtMichaels

here is a gentle available form of lithium>>>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_orotate


48 posted on 02/05/2013 1:06:19 PM PST by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dennisw

Thanks for that link, I’ll follow up on it tonight hopefully at the drugstore. If there are others reading, lurking here too, they may benefit too since Lithium Orotate appears to be used for a wide variety of needs:

ADD
ADHD
BP
PTSD

as well as:
alzheimers
alcoholism
aggression
stress

Wiki does warn the Orotate may cause kidney problems so I plan to purchase some Lithium Carbonate too if I can find it.

Plus, it is claimed to improve memory too. After I first read about BP [around 20 years ago], I got a cassette tape in the mail entitled: “Dead Doctors don’t Lie”. These 2 things started me on a quest investigating minerals and their health benefits. The tape was recorded by a veterinarian who claimed physicians/MDs died on average 10 years prior to their patients.

Some years prior a good friend lost her father due to an aneurysm. He was a great man and an exceptional neurosugeon who had saved another of my friend’s life in college following a car accident.

All these events gelled and got me to looking at many different alternative medicines and healthy lifestyles, partly b/c in my mid-thirties I was well on my way to colon cancer. I tried all kinds of diet and exercise [an apple a day helped the most but not enough] until finally I went to a chiropractor. I never had the colonoscopy my MD advised at 39 yo, but all my symptoms began to dissipate within the first 3 months of intensive back-cracking [much thanks to Dr. Aaron].

WARNING: Graphic details follow...

Before the chiro I’d investigated the colon treatment and found they’d charge 3-4k for the colon/rectum scraping and then re-test every 5 years just in case they needed to do it again - yikes. The worst part though, if the polyps [scraped from the colon wall] sent in for testing are cancerous then there is a chance the scraping could release the cancer cells into your bloodstream - double yikes. DYK that modern MDs no longer are required to take the hippocratic oath of “first do no harm”? And they deign to call chiropractor ‘quacks’ ha!

How bad were my symptoms? My MD ordered a blood occult test from my stool sample, I sometimes got so constipated that I’d turn the toilet bowl blood red when I was finally relieved. A couple of times I nearly passed out on the throne as the blood rushed from my head. I was afraid to eat anything with cheese and I also avoided alcohol completely. Nothing in my diet or exercise could solve this problem.

If you want to know more about chiropractic care see my homepage [found 2 very good books on the subject]. I’m healthier now than I’ve been in a long time - feels more like my early twenties, but I’m 51 and have not seen an MD in 12 years!


49 posted on 02/06/2013 6:34:34 AM PST by BrandtMichaels
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To: BrandtMichaels

Two things:
1. I own the tape Dead Doctors Don’t Lie. I haven’t listened to it in a while, though.
2. My chiropractor has a picture on his wall of a guys back that had one disk that was REALLY out of allignment. The reason? He explained that there are three types of nerves coming out of each vertebrea. One is the one that causes pain when it is pinched. The other two are either for maintenance of organs or repair of organs. I’m giving the simplistic explanation here. Anyway, the nerves in the picture were clearly atrophied, but the one that would cause pain did not. However, the others controlled the kidneys. The guy died of kidney failure.

I started going to the Chiropractore at age 32 and am now 59. My back has, since that time, felt better than it did in my 20’s. I know this becaus it had always been painful to wash my car before that time. With the exception of a couple of bouts of back injury, that has not happened since.

BTW, If you have not seen it, go to youtube and search for the movie, “The Beautiful Truth”. The whole thing is there. It is like “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” on steroids.


50 posted on 02/06/2013 6:56:03 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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