Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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John McManamy's Posts

When Situational Depression Turns Clinical

A blast from the past:


Imagine waking up one fine day in 410 AD, only to discover that Alaric the Visigoth has sacked Rome, thereby launching the Dark Ages and making stupidity fashionable. That’s kind of what happened to me one bleak and miserable November evening of 2004 when I returned home thinking I had fired... Read moreChevron

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 Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was also a strong proponent of the healing powers of... Read moreChevron

Is Your Phone Smart Enough to be Your Therapist?: A Speculative Glimpse into the Future

A few days ago, I attended a lecture presented by DBSA San Diego. The speaker was Colin Depp, a psychologist in the department of psychiatry at UCSD. The topic was the role of technology in mental health. A quick transcription of my notes … 


Based on 2013 data, 91 percent of Americans have cell phones, and 86... Read moreChevron

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 battery in connection with the March 2014 shooting death of James... Read moreChevron

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 back and fourth.


The trip reinforced a number of personal lessons... Read moreChevron