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John McManamy

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Anger: Part of Bipolar or Not?

My blogging comrade-in-arms Natasha Tracy just posted a piece on anger. I have written on the topic before, but nothing, I recall, for HealthCentral. Let’s amend that right now …

 

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posted 06/30/2015, comments (0)|
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Celebrating Summer, Anticipating Winter: Why Our Moods Shift With the Seasons

On the occasion of the first day of summer, one of my FaceBook friends asked: “Do you have anything regarding why solstices and equinoxes can be difficult for bipolar?”

 

Following is an expanded and reworked version of my answer …

 

We are very much creatures of seasonal cycles. Kay... Read moreChevron

posted 06/29/2015, comments (0)|
John McManamy

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The Bipolar Advantage: A Reappraisal

A good many of you reading this are familiar with Tom Wootton and his book, The Bipolar Advantage. Let’s rewind back to September, 2006, very soon after his book came out. I had just attended a DBSA conference outside San Francisco, where I sat in on his two sessions. As I reported here on Read moreChevron

posted 06/22/2015, comments (0)|
John McManamy

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Father's Day: This One Wasn't Easy

FaceBook has a way of catching me by surprise. Case in point: Over the weekend came a deluge of heartfelt tributes to fathers all and sundry. Pre-FaceBook, I might have remained ignorant of Father’s Day. Or it barely would have made a blip on my radar.

 

Over, done with.

 

Not in the FaceBook era.... Read moreChevron

posted 06/21/2015, comments (0)|
John McManamy

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The Amygdala: Bipolar Public Enemy Number One

If you’re looking to finger one particular area of the brain as a prime suspect in bipolar disorder, the amygdala certainly has to be Public Enemy Number One. But it’s not that simple. Let’s get started …

 

Introducing the amygdala …

 

The amygdala is a small... Read moreChevron

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