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I am very honored and flattered to be included in fellow blogger John McManamy’s picks of top mental health blogs. He’s chosen some of my favorites, as well, like Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project and Katherine Stone’s Postpartum Progress. Thanks so much, John, for this smart compilation! But you forgot you!

To get to John’s post, click here.

Here are a few of his picks.

* ADHD Roller Coaster. Gina Pera puts a song in my heart every time she butts heads with antipsychiatry nutjobs and the idiots who legitimize them. Sample this attack on Bill Maher and a panel of dunces:

“They’re entitled to their own opinions, as they say, but not to their own facts. And when their deluded opinions target my friends with ADHD — on the airwaves, in print, or on the Internet — it leaves me at once angry and heartsick at their cold-hearted, mingy-minded meanness, never mind ignorance. …”

Gina’s focus is ADHD, and her blog is by far the best on the topic, but it is as a passionate advocate of reason that she truly shines. The opposite of antipsychiatry is not pro-psychiatry. It is pro-consumer, pro-patient, pro-family member. Pro-wisdom, pro-empathy, pro-science, pro-intelligence. No question about it – Gina is our leading spokesperson.

* – Bipolar. Kimberly Read and Marcia Purse are the equivalent of those NFL quarterbacks who neither rack up statistics nor personal glory – all they do is win football games. Kimberly and Marcia were blogging way back before the neologism, blog, was coined. Unlike virtually every blogger out there, this veteran tag team neither draws attention to themselves nor dazzles readers with seductive prose – and that is their strength.

Instead, for more than a decade, in their own quietly reliable fashion, Kimberly and Marcia have served up reports of new research, new insights, and new developments – information that facilitates us in making intelligent choices without the distortions of overweening egos.

* Prozac Monologues. So far, I have singled out established authors, all of them very well-known in their respective fields. Willa Goodfellow’s Prozac Monologues, which got started up in April, is my tribute to a new kid on the block. Don’t be put off by her latest offering, which is highly complimentary of my work – that was how we met. Then I read her other pieces, and was floored by the homework she turned in.

Let’s put it this way: Until I encountered Prozac Monologues, I thought I was the only one who had ever mentioned, anterior cingulate, in a blog. It can be very lonely blogging on topics ignored by everyone else, and suddenly I’m not alone. (The anterior cingulate modulates emotions in the brain.)

Promising bloggers have an unfortunate tendency to burn out, so I urge all of you to drop a comment on her blog site offering encouragement. To Willa: It’s very easy for bloggers to get discouraged, particularly when dealing with depression. But clearly we need you. Stick with it …

To get to John’s post, click here.

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