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John McManamy

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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
posted 09/02/2014, comments (0)|
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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
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I am now unemployed

Those of you who have been on this site for a few years and have probably read my past posts in which I talked about how miserable I was in my job as a special ed high school teacher. This past spring the stress and anxiety got so bad I had to take a couple of months off. I did finish out the school year and tried to rest and heal over the summer.... Read moreChevron
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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
posted 08/25/2014, comments (0)|
John McManamy

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More on the Bipolar's Dilemma: Taking Risks vs Playing Safe

A couple of weeks ago, in The Bipolar’s Dilemma, I posted from Oregon on a trip-in-progress that I very nearly did not embark on. Here’s the issue: Our illness has a way of imposing limits on what we can and cannot do. After trial and error, we learn to adjust and not tempt fate.   At all costs, we avoid situations that run the... Read moreChevron
posted 08/23/2014, comments (0)|

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