Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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John McManamy's Posts

Doing New Things, Entertaining New Thoughts: The Bipolar Question of the Week

I like to think that part of our recovery has to do with engaging in things we never would have considered five or ten years ago. For instance, these days, I frequently find myself saying this:


“If you told me ten years ago I would be practicing the didgeridoo an hour a day, I would have said you... Read moreChevron

The Chemical Imbalance Myth - What a New Study Adds to the Issue

This month, the media carried reports of a scientific study that challenged the notion of serotonin’s role in depression, which in turn casts doubts about the use of SSRI antidepressants to treat the illness. 


The similar wording of these reports suggests that the reporters were engaging in a... Read moreChevron

A Brief History of Lithium - In Case You're Wondering Why Your Doctor Never Prescribed It

Last week, we discussed lithium in the novel context of a neuroprotective agent. This week, we will look at lithium in its traditional role as treatment for bipolar disorder. 


The story typically begins in 1949, the year... Read moreChevron

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 at an even higher premium.


I received a quick foretaste of this today when a friend called at around five-ish. By... 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... Read moreChevron