Sunday, February 01, 2015
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John McManamy's Posts

Reporting Live From My Depression

I will keep this brief. The last three days have been rough. I have been weathering a fierce depression. My way of dealing with it has been to submit, to burrow under the covers and let it wash over me until it loses its force. 


In a day or two, I expect to gain the upper hand, but I’m not there... Read moreChevron

Is Depression a Physical Illness? - Inflammation, Cytokines, Stress, and All That

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction? read the title to an article in The Guardian earlier this month. The answer is rather involved. Let’s break it down... Read moreChevron

In a World of Intolerance and Unreason - An Appeal to Tolerance and Reason

I am currently reading Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. In the past, I have read her A History of God and The Case for God. In a world of intolerance and unreason, I find Ms Armstrong to be a refreshing case of tolerance and reason.


What got me started on Ms Armstrong’s... Read moreChevron

Rebuilding Your Brain: It's Possible - Will Your Smartphone Make It Practical?

This is the third and final (for now) post on neuroplasticity. Basically: We are not stuck with the brains we are born with. This can be both bad and good news.


First the bad news …


Exposure to repeated stress and trauma may structurally alter the brain in a way that affects... Read moreChevron

I, Too, Have a Dream ...

I, too, have a dream …


That one day we will have our own holiday, Crazy Ones Day. You know, like the Apple Ad from 1997:


Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently... Read moreChevron