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Six years ago, John McManamy, a successful financial journalist with a law degree, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through his successful website and newletter, he has turned his struggles into a lifelong dedication to helping others struggling with depression and biopolar disorder reclaim their lives. In this book he will share his own experiences and struggles and the struggles of his fellow patients, while offering a guide to making the most out of life with these challenging disorders. Like the other successful titles in our Living Well series, this book will offer a holistic approach to battling depression and BD, including everything from diagnosis to associated illnesses and symptoms to medication and talk therapy and even what to expect and how to cope with the effects these disorders have on relationships and sex.
Most importantly, McManamy writes with a compassionate and eloquent voice, describing his belief that depression is a wide spectrum that reaches from occasional bouts of depression to full–fledged bipolar disorder. This will be the first book to help patients recognize the diversity of their disorder, while offering wide–ranging solutions to keeping their lives in order and living well.
John McManamy is the publisher of the award-winning McMan's Depression and Bipolar Weekly and the Web site McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web.
"This book belongs in the hands of every person who has suffered from depression or bipolar disorder." -- Amy Weintraub, author of YOGA FOR DEPRESSIONS "Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with a mood disorder, depression or bipolar disorder, really needs to read this book -- Colleen Sullivan, Owner, Bipolar World; http://www.bipolarworld,net The reader takes a journey with a wise and compassionate guide who offers extremely clear information and--equally important--hope -- Demitri F. Papolos, M.D. and Janice Papolos, authors of The Bipolar Child "[V]ery helpful for those affected by bipolar disorder and their families... I recommend the book enthusiastically." -- E. Fuller Torrey, MD, co-author of Surviving Manic Depression "If you read only one book about bipolar disorder, make it this one...an instant classic." -- John Gartner, author of The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness And (A Lot) of Success In America "I doubt there is a person in the world who knows these conditions better, inside and out, than John McManamy." -- S. Nassir Ghaemi MD, MPH, Director, Bipolar Disorder Research Program, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, Emory University "Manamy brings together his outstanding reportorial skills, his great gift for language and his remarkable insights about his own disorder." -- Ellen Frank, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic "I hope this book gets the attention and acclaim it deserves. In a crowded field, it stands out." -- Anne Sheffield, author of DEPRESSION FALLOUT. "The perfect book for those of us living with mood disorders...up to date, practical and helpful information." -- Sue Bergeson, President, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance "Mental health advocates have a new Bible! Journalist John McManamy's book offers readers sound advice about managing severe mental illnesses." -- Pete Earley, author of CRAZY: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness