Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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John McManamy's Posts

Remembering Kevin

I am coming into the six anniversary of the suicide of my good friend, Kevin Greim. He would have been 34. I had just returned home late Monday from a DBSA meeting. As I wrote here on HealthCentral in a post the very next day:   A new message was on my answering machine. It was from Susan, my ex-wife. In a quavering voice, she braced me for... Read moreChevron

Medicating Our Kids: The Agony of Making a Decision

In his June 6 Director’s Blog, Thomas Insel, head of the NIMH, reports that: According to a CDC study cited at a recent Carter Center symposium, 10,000 toddlers may be receiving psychostimulant medication, such as Ritalin. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 7.5 percent of US children ages 6-17 took meds for... Read moreChevron

Your Depression Survival Guide - Warning: Nothing is Fail-safe

A few days ago, I posted some thoughts on the suicide of Robin Williams. I did not speculate on any “what ifs.” Instead, I reflected on the intense psychic distress he had to have felt in those final hours. A pain so strong and deep that the unthinkable presented itself as the rational choice.   Many of us know exactly what that... Read moreChevron

Reflecting on Robin Williams and Suicide

Robin Williams’s suicide shocked and saddened all of us. I published two posts on HealthCentral’s bipolar site, which can be found here and here.   This is a good time, writing from a depression perspective, to focus on suicide. This is an issue all of us living with depression - no exceptions - have confronted. Some of us have... Read moreChevron

Police Violence: Half of Those Who Get Killed Have a Mental Illness

Warning: If you get upset over reports in the news media, particularly over recent events. I strongly suggest you give this post a miss. Take care of yourself, be well. We’ll catch up next time.   Trust me, I did not want to write this. I recently returned from a spiritually refreshing road trip to highly disturbing reports of the... Read moreChevron