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.

Depression: It's Complicated - Just Ask Lincoln

Credit: Thinkstock In the book on bipolar I am working on, I ask readers to conceive of “up” as simply being higher than “down.” With down, though, I’m suggesting the very opposite - that depression is as complicated as one can get. To illustrate my ...
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Genius, Madness, and Bipolar

Do bipolar disorder and creativity go hand-in-hand? Here’s what researchers are telling us about creative minds–particularly those interested in writing.
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Anxiety: A Core Feature of Bipolar?

If you have been following this blog, you know that I’ve been immersed in the first draft of a book on bipolar. Part of the exercise involves looking at old material through new eyes. Predictably - or, rather, unpredictably - new realizations pop out...
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Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder: Diagnosis Impossible?

I’m still hard at it, working on the first of a series of books on bipolar. The exercise has been especially useful for me in finding order and coherency to what is essentially a chaotic topic. Psychosis is a case in point. We identify psychosis with ...
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Bipolar and Alcoholism

One-half of those with bipolar experience alcoholism at some point. But is Alcoholics Anonymous the answer?
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False Unipolars and Hidden Bipolars: Are You One of Them?

I have been hard at work on a book on bipolar disorder. How this applies to those of you with a diagnosis of major depression is simple - there is a fairly good chance that you are bipolar-waiting-to-happen. Do I have your attention? Goodwin and Jami...
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To Disclose - Or Not: My Life as a Former Bipolar Bubble Boy

Do we or don’t we? Do we disclose our illness or not? It’s an issue we’ve all had to face head-on. Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, we can’t exactly put it back in. My experience is somewhat different than yours. Back in 1999, soon after I was ...
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