John McManamy, Patient Expert

John is an author and advocate for Mental Health. He wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

J&J and VW: Tale of Two Corporate Scandals

The last couple of weeks have seen the breaking of two major corporate scandals. The first involved the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson aggressively marketing its antipsychotic medication Risperdal to the elderly and the very young, despit...
John McManamy

How to Disclose Mental Illness

Kay Jamison was brought up to never share her problems. But when she decided to talk about her mental health issues, it changed her life.
John McManamy

The "Newish" Antidepressants

Two new antidepressants, Viibryd and Brintellix, have been on the market for a few years now. Here’s what to know about them.
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When Situational Depression Turns Clinical

Sometimes, understanding depression requires stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. Here’s how to handle the emotions that life can unexectedly throw your way.
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Oliver Sacks: A Musical Requiem

Yesterday, I discovered that the celebrated Harvard neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks died from cancer, at age 82. Dr Sacks, who came into prominence educating the public on oddities of the brain through such books as Awakenings and The Man Who Mi...
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Death in Albuquerque: Will Justice be Served?

Warning: This piece has disturbing content. Please feel free to take a news break from this blog … Yesterday, various news outlets reported that two Albuquerque police officers will face charges of second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and ba...
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Lessons From the Road: Nature, Music, Community, New Experiences

I will keep this post short. I’m back home, after being on the road for 11 days - three days camping out in Lassen Volcanic National Park, four days at a didgeridoo gathering in Oregon, and the rest of the time logging more than 2,500 miles getting b...
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