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John McManamy's Posts

Taking a News Holiday: Your Mental Health May Depend On It

You may have noticed that the current news is not exactly giving you reasons to feel good. Quite the opposite, in fact. Basically, the news is to depression what pollen is to asthma and living next to a swamp is to malaria. If you are over-exposed, you are going to suffer.   So right now might be a good time to take a news... Read moreChevron

Which Antidepressant is Right for You? Short Answer: It's Still a Crap-Shoot

There are more than two dozen FDA-approved antidepressants out there. How can you determine which one is the best for you? This is the question posed by Steve Blatt MD in an article in Psychiatric Times, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.   Dr Blatt’s short answer: We have no idea. Finding the right antidepressant... Read moreChevron

Wonder in Our Lives: Night Sky Ruminations

This is a quick post about wonder. Let’s start when we were kids. Remember looking up at the stars at night? That’s the type of wonder we’re talking about. The wonder of a child, boundless, limitless, as deep and wide as space itself.   When was the last time you experienced that? For that matter, when was the last time you... Read moreChevron

Helping Your Bipolar Loved One: It All Begins in His or Her Reality

A few weeks ago, I asked you to consider five hypothetical situations regarding relationships. Let’s review the first two.   Hypothetical #1   Your loved one tells you the situation is hopeless. Life sucks. She is about to lose her job and become homeless and she doesn’t want to be a burden on you anymore.   How do you... Read moreChevron

Peak Experiences: They Come to You, But You Have to be There

Yesterday, I had one of those peak experiences, you know, an Abraham Maslow special - transcendent, ecstatic, a sense of harmony with everything in the universe - and no, it wasn't mania.   This involved bringing my didgeridoo to a drum circle. You may recall, something similar happened to me about two months ago. (Check it out here.) Said... Read moreChevron