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John McManamy

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

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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...

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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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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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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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Teddy Roosevelt: Bipolar or Not?

In numerous pieces here and elsewhere, I have included Teddy Roosevelt (TR) as one of a number of US Presidents who may have had bipolar disorder. I have been viewing Ken Burns’ PBS six-part series, The Roosevelts, which has provided new insights. Bu...