Latest by John McManamy

When Situational Depression Turns Clinical

Sometimes, understanding depression requires stepping back and looking at the bigger picture. Here’s how to handle the emotions that life can unexectedly throw your way.

Oliver Sacks: A Musical Requiem

Yesterday, I discovered that the celebrated Harvard neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks died from cancer, at age 82. Dr Sacks, who came into prominence educating the public on oddities of the brain through such books as Awakenings and The Man Who Mi...

Death in Albuquerque: Will Justice be Served?

Warning: This piece has disturbing content. Please feel free to take a news break from this blog … Yesterday, various news outlets reported that two Albuquerque police officers will face charges of second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and ba...

Lessons From the Road: Nature, Music, Community, New Experiences

I will keep this post short. I’m back home, after being on the road for 11 days - three days camping out in Lassen Volcanic National Park, four days at a didgeridoo gathering in Oregon, and the rest of the time logging more than 2,500 miles getting b...

Is It Bipolar? Test Yourself - Second Edition

How good are you at spotting bipolar behavior? This is my second installment. You can read my first one here. Below are five hypothetical situations. Let’s get started: Situation One. You have a brilliant idea about starting a colony on Mars. Everyon...

Does Behavioral Therapy Still Work?

A Norwegian study suggests that it may not measure up to newer treatment options. But is that a fair conclusion?

Robin Williams: One Year Later

Remembering one of the world’s funniest actors and how he helped us learn to laugh and cope with life’s hardships.

"Normal" - How Familiar With It Are You?

As many of you following this blog know, I am working on a series of short books on bipolar. The first one focuses on our moods. One of the things that jumped out and hit me is the attention I am giving to “normal.” “Normal” has a number of meanings. ...

When Psychiatry Does Listen: Talking About Suicide

This piece has to do with why we are the real experts when it comes to suicide. It is a continuation of a piece I posted the other day, titled When Psychiatry Won’t Listen. That particular piece had its origins in one of my readers, Willa, who alerte...

When Psychiatry Won't Listen

Do you ever get one of those days when you want to grab Psychiatry by the neck and wring it? I’m having one of them right now. Don’t get me wrong. I get along very well with the psychiatric profession. My 16-year journalist-to-expert collaboration ha...