Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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John McManamy's Posts

Beating Winter Depression - Time to Plan Ahead

A quick reminder:   With the shift in seasons, daylight (in the northern hemisphere) is in short supply. When we set our clocks back next month, sun will be an even higher premium.   I received a quick foretaste of this today when a friend called at around five-ish. By the time I got off the phone two hours later, it was dark... Read moreChevron

Lithium - The New Brain Food?

Should we all take a bit of lithium? asks a provocative opinion piece in last Sunday’s NY Times. The article’s author, Anna Fels, is a psychiatrist and a faculty member at Weil Cornell Medical College. Her pieces, which have graced the Times for a number of years, have that rare “why hadn’t I thought of that before?”... Read moreChevron

The Power of Two: What Works for Creativity Also Works for Recovery

This is a piece about friendship. But it starts with a discussion on creativity. Bear with me ...   I’m half-way through Joshua Shenk’s latest book, The Power of Two, which explodes the myth of the solitary creative genius. Instead, Mr Shenk makes the case for what happens when two simpatico people with complementary skill-sets... Read moreChevron

Analyzing Kay Jamison: What to Shoot for in Writing Your Bipolar Memoir

Last week, I posted a piece that offered pointers on writing a bipolar memoir. Let’s continue the discussion by analyzing your competition. I have selected two wholly different memoirs, one a celebrated classic, the other far more modest.      An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison     This memoir sets the standard on so... Read moreChevron

Writing Your Bipolar Memoir: A Few Pointers

This is a short piece on memoir-writing. The curse of our illness seems to confer the blessing of turning us into amazingly good writers, and I have certainly seen an abundance of evidence of that in your posts and comments here on HealthCentral.   I know a lot of you have thought about writing your memoirs. Following are some pointers, which... Read moreChevron