Latest by John McManamy

When Resolutions Fail: What Next?

It’s the end of January. No doubt, you have given up on your New Year Resolutions. If you haven’t, in all probably, a long time ago, you gave up on making them. A year ago, I came up with a better option. I call it my counter-intuitive guide to survi...

Relationships are Key to Happiness

See what the science says about lasting happiness based on this long-running study.

Is Evolution Why We Feel Disconnected?

Feeling like and alien or outsider can be common, but why?

Paranoia, Helping Your Loved One, A Word to the Young: Three Questions, Three Answers

Several days ago, I presented a webinar, The Five Faces of Normal, hosted by the International Bipolar Foundation. My talk ran 35 minutes, question time a lot longer. My audience came up with extremely intelligent (and often challenging) questions. H...

Years after my father died and some time after I was first diagnosed with bipolar, I learned from my mother that my father had secretly sought treatment for depression. Rather than risk being found out by going through his company’s health plan, he p...

The Five Faces of "Normal"

Chances are, you have a clear picture of “normal” in head. But are you sure it’s an accurate representation? There are at least five ways of looking at normal. Let’s investigate …

What You Need to Know About Cycling

In 1921, Emil Kraepelin defined manic-depression – a term he coined - as including "circular insanity."In essence, bipolar disorder has to do with cycling rather than polarity. This is vitally important to understanding our illness and in m...

Reflections on our Mortality: We Gain Deeper Wisdom

Warning: This post is on the dark side, and touches on sensitive issues. Please feel free to click on to my other posts. If you’re reading this, chances are you have survived a suicidal depression. You’re never the same, after. You have looked death ...

The Five Faces of "Normal"

We should always be aiming for the best version of ourselves, not the version society wants us to be.

Surviving the Holidays With Bipolar: Part 1

In my previous post, I worte: It’s the second week into December. No tree, no wreath on the door, not even a Poinsettia plant. The lights and decorations are in cardboard boxes, where they are likely to remain. There is no right or wrong way of getti...