Latest by John McManamy

This Just In: Depression is Not One Illness - A New Study Breaks Down the Data

In a number of pieces here on HealthCentral, I have challenged the notion of depression as a single disease. By treating all depressions as the same, researchers and clinicians alike are failing in the performance of their duties. What woke me up to ...

Suicide: The One Topic I Rarely Write About

I tend to write about what I can laugh at. Of all things, I have learned to laugh at depression. It’s complicated. Cultivating a sense of humor was my key to getting through a challenging childhood. Finding comic absurdities in the midst of overwhelm...

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 ...

Finding Our Own True Normal

How we can redefine normal on our terms, living with bipolar.

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...

My Partner Wants to Break it Off ...

Does depression cause relationship breakups? This is a frequent concern raised by community members here at HealthCentral. I have written on this issue in the past, but it is always worth revisiting. A question or comment from a reader may go somethi...

Didgeridoo for Recovery

Why I’ve found that playing the didgeridoo can have an effect very much like a good yoga session.

Remembering John Nash

The Nobel Prize-winning math genius who recently died with his wife in a car crash was the subject of probably the best narrative written on mental illness.

Long-Term Psych Meds: More Harm Than Good?

The debate goes on over whether using psychiatric meds for a long time does more damage than good. And there’s still no simple answer.

PTSD, Trauma and Bipolar

These three conditions often go hand-in-hand and can be overwhelming to manage. Here are some key points to consider for jumpstarting the recovery process. Our long-term recovery generally involves coming to terms with our past traumas. - See more at...