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 by John McManamy

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Apathy, Anhedonia, and Depression - Sorting It All Out

How do apathy and anhedonia relate to depression? Here's some information about these neurological states.

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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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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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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 and Sex: 9 Things You Should Know

Sex and bipolar disorder. Can they exist harmoniously without too much risk? Read these tips to know how to enjoy sex and keep it safe when you’re bipolar.

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What You Need to Know About Bipolar Disorder

Want to truly understand yourself or a loved one with bipolar disorder? Read nine these facts that will change your understanding forever.

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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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6 Chronic Condition Guidelines to Live By

Thinking of others can be extremely difficult when your condition drains you of so much of your life force and turns your focus inward. But giving definitely translates into life’s major prize, namely one worth living.

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Melancholia and Inside Out: What Two Films Can Teach us About Depression

Movies are excellent at providing insight into human nature. Here are a few examples that enlighten our understanding of mental health.

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Feeling Like You Don't Belong Here: The Bipolar Question of the Week

Actually, this is the bipolar question of the month. For a number of years, we ran a question of the week. Now is a good time to revive this feature … The question concerns the sense of disconnect most of us tend to feel in our lives. People invariab...