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.

Chemical Imbalance of the Brain: An Idea That Must Die

Last year, I began doing pieces based on Edge questions. Edge, which bills itself as an online salon, annually asks a provocative question of leading scientists and writers and the like. Their answers are published as a series of books. You can find ...
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Temperament: Some Lessons From Galen the Physician

As I indicated in an earlier post, I am working on a new book on bipolar. "Temperament" is beginning to emerge as an important theme. Let’s begin with the ancient Greeks, who came up with the idea of the "four humors." Thus, &qu...
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A Brief History of Bipolar Disorder

I’m hard at work right now on a book on bipolar. This would supplant the one that came out nearly nine years ago, based on a manuscript I turned in ten years ago.
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A Rough Valentine's Day? Here's to a Great One Next Year ...

If any of you ate chocolate this Valentine’s day, most likely it wasn’t in the company of a loved one. The odds hardly favor us being in long-term loving relationships, and a lot of us have just given up. After all, we can be rather challenging to ge...
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Bipolar Quiz: How Well Do You Know Up?

How well do you understand ‘up’? Diagnostic psychiatry, with its emphasis on symptom checklists, gives us the impression that mania and hypomania are objectively quantifiable states. In reality, context is everything. To prove the point, here is a li...
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A Funny Thing Happened To Me While Depressed

I have no explanation for this " Last week, I spun into a depression. I have as many names for my depressions as an Eskimo has for snow. Let’s call this one my dark-matter-of-the-universe depression. On a quantum level, my Higgs boson simply was...
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