Latest by John McManamy

Anxiety: A Core Feature of Bipolar?

If you have been following this blog, you know that I’ve been immersed in the first draft of a book on bipolar. Part of the exercise involves looking at old material through new eyes. Predictably - or, rather, unpredictably - new realizations pop out...

Psychosis in Bipolar Disorder: Diagnosis Impossible?

I’m still hard at it, working on the first of a series of books on bipolar. The exercise has been especially useful for me in finding order and coherency to what is essentially a chaotic topic. Psychosis is a case in point. We identify psychosis with ...

Bipolar and Alcoholism

One-half of those with bipolar experience alcoholism at some point. But is Alcoholics Anonymous the answer?

False Unipolars and Hidden Bipolars: Are You One of Them?

I have been hard at work on a book on bipolar disorder. How this applies to those of you with a diagnosis of major depression is simple - there is a fairly good chance that you are bipolar-waiting-to-happen. Do I have your attention? Goodwin and Jami...

8 Common Myths About Depression

Our lack of knowledge is the greatest obstacle to our wellness and recovery. Here are eight myths that stand in the way …

To Disclose - Or Not: My Life as a Former Bipolar Bubble Boy

Do we or don’t we? Do we disclose our illness or not? It’s an issue we’ve all had to face head-on. Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, we can’t exactly put it back in. My experience is somewhat different than yours. Back in 1999, soon after I was ...

9 Common Myths About Bipolar Disorder

Lack of understanding can lead to bad decision-making, frustration, heartbreak, and disappointing outcomes. Following are nine myths that stand in the way of your recovery …

Cycling: Why "Bipolar" is Totally Misleading and Other Things You Need to Know

I’ve spent the last several weeks working on the first of what will be a series of books on bipolar. The opening book focuses on moods. The central theme is that we need to consider our illness as recurrent and cyclic rather than episodic and polar. ...

Chemical Imbalance of the Brain: An Idea That Must Die

Last year, I began doing pieces based on Edge questions. Edge, which bills itself as an online salon, annually asks a provocative question of leading scientists and writers and the like. Their answers are published as a series of books. You can find ...

Temperament: Some Lessons From Galen the Physician

As I indicated in an earlier post, I am working on a new book on bipolar. "Temperament" is beginning to emerge as an important theme. Let’s begin with the ancient Greeks, who came up with the idea of the "four humors." Thus, &qu...