Wednesday, July 30, 2014

John McManamy's Posts

Which Antidepressant is Right for You? Short Answer: It's Still a Crap-Shoot

There are more than two dozen FDA-approved antidepressants out there. How can you determine which one is the best for you? This is the question posed by Steve Blatt MD in an article in Psychiatric Times, a publication of the American Psychiatric Association.   Dr Blatt’s short answer: We have no idea. Finding the right antidepressant... Read moreChevron

Wonder in Our Lives: Night Sky Ruminations

This is a quick post about wonder. Let’s start when we were kids. Remember looking up at the stars at night? That’s the type of wonder we’re talking about. The wonder of a child, boundless, limitless, as deep and wide as space itself.   When was the last time you experienced that? For that matter, when was the last time you... Read moreChevron

Helping Your Bipolar Loved One: It All Begins in His or Her Reality

A few weeks ago, I asked you to consider five hypothetical situations regarding relationships. Let’s review the first two.   Hypothetical #1   Your loved one tells you the situation is hopeless. Life sucks. She is about to lose her job and become homeless and she doesn’t want to be a burden on you anymore.   How do you... Read moreChevron

Peak Experiences: They Come to You, But You Have to be There

Yesterday, I had one of those peak experiences, you know, an Abraham Maslow special - transcendent, ecstatic, a sense of harmony with everything in the universe - and no, it wasn't mania.   This involved bringing my didgeridoo to a drum circle. You may recall, something similar happened to me about two months ago. (Check it out here.) Said... Read moreChevron

Nullius in Verba: Your Key Cognitive Tool to Healthy Living

This piece has to do with critical thinking. Think of critical thinking as our built-in bullsh*t meter. Without it, we are prisoners of our own prejudices and emotions and are at the mercy of those who pander to them.     Consider these fairly recent headlines:   The Drugging of the American Boy (This appeared as a feature article... Read moreChevron