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John McManamy's Posts

A Tribute to Observational Wisdom: Goodwin, Akiskal, Kraepelin

As most of you know by now, the last month or so has been nose to the grindstone for me, working on the first of a series of books on bipolar disorder. The first book will focus on our moods - how up, down, and “normal” ebb and flow and collide in cycling patterns.


I am about half-way through my first draft. Of... Read moreChevron

To Disclose - Or Not: My Life as a Former Bipolar Bubble Boy

Do we or don’t we? Do we disclose our illness or not? It’s an issue we’ve all had to face head-on. Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, we can’t exactly put it back in.

My experience is somewhat different than yours. Back in 1999, soon after I was diagnosed, one year after Google came into existence, I... Read moreChevron

Cycling: Why "Bipolar" is Totally Misleading and Other Things You Need to Know

I’ve spent the last several weeks working on the first of what will be a series of books on bipolar. The opening book focuses on moods. The central theme is that we need to consider our illness as recurrent and cyclic rather than episodic and polar.


Goodwin and Jamison in their second edition of Manic-Depressive... Read moreChevron

Chemical Imbalance of the Brain: An Idea That Must Die

Last year, I began doing pieces based on Edge questions. Edge, which bills itself as an online salon, annually asks a provocative question of leading scientists and writers and the like. Their answers are published as a series of books.         


You can find my five previous bipolar... Read moreChevron

Temperament: Some Lessons From Galen the Physician

As I indicated in an earlier post, I am working on a new book on bipolar. “Temperament” is beginning to emerge as an important theme. 


Let’s begin with the ancient Greeks, who came up with the idea of the “four humors.” Thus, “melancholia” corresponded to black bile from the... Read moreChevron