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John McManamy's Posts

The Bipolar Identity Crisis: Is Going With Your Label Ever Useful?

I have written extensively on the issue of identity, here at Health Central. No sense in stopping now …


What’s in a name?


At a certain point, we rebel against our label. This is not only natural, it is commendable. Since my diagnosis 16 years ago, I have gone from... Read moreChevron

Your Holiday Season Survival Reminder


In case you’re wondering, that’s a Christmas tree I put up. The holiday season is the most difficult time of year for me. Last year, in the wake of a personal loss, it was a total... Read moreChevron

Stress, Sleep, and Mindfulness: My Bipolar Recovery "Big Three"

Warning: Nothing new, here. Think of the following as sort of a review lesson ...


The other day, I found myself elaborating on my own “recovery big three” to an acquaintance. This had to do with managing stress, managing sleep, and cultivating mindfulness. I have written extensively on these topics, either... Read moreChevron

A Quick Holiday Mental Health Quiz

A few years ago, at our local NAMI, as part of our holiday pot luck, I emcee’d a quiz night. This involved general knowledge, but I also included ten mental health questions. Let’s see how you do? (Answers further below.) ...


1 What did John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ have in... Read moreChevron

Medical Breakthroughs: What the Animals Can Teach Us

Have you ever had one of those “holy crap!” moments, where you just learned something and wondered why no one has ever told you this before? I had one of those moments last evening. First, this little joke ...


What do you call a veterinarian who can only take care of one species? A... Read moreChevron