John McManamy

John McManamy

Patient Expert

John is an author and advocate for Mental Health. He wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

Latest Articles by John McManamy

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Skills for Recovery from Bipolar Disorder

Learn about a variety of skills and strategies for living successfully with bipolar disorder. Find out about how mindfulness, exercise, and diet can keep you well.

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Bipolar Disorder

Dissociation: Something to Watch Out for in Bipolar

Dissociation affects all of us to some degree - a feeling of not being there, of not being anchored. As a psychiatric disorder, it overlaps with PTSD, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar.

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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 ...

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9 Common Myths About Bipolar Disorder

Lack of understanding can lead to bad decision-making, frustration, heartbreak, and disappointing outcomes. Following are nine myths that stand in the way of your recovery …

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10 People Who Shaped How We View Bipolar Disorder

We may think we know what bipolar is, but our perceptions have been evolving for at least two thousand years, and we’re only just beginning …

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Misconceptions About Bipolar Disorder

Even the best psychiatrists have set ideas about bipolar disorder that aren’t entirely accurate. Hear from the perspective of someone with the illness.

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Abuse in Bipolar Relationships: A Complex Issue

Abuse can be subtle and complex in a relationship that involves a person with bipolar disorder, and it's almost never one-sided. Here are some behaviors to watch out for.

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What Bipolar and Absent-Mindedness Have in Common

It happens to all of us. We lose track of time. We lose track of the world. We lose track of who we are, even. Wednesday afternoon, a friend called me. She wanted to know if I planned to attend a certain committee meeting tomorrow, Friday morning. Wa...