Living Well With Depression And Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need…

Paperback | October 17, 2006

byJohn McManamy

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Seven years ago, John McManamy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through his successful Web site and newsletter, he has turned his struggles into a lifelong dedication to helping others battling depression and bipolar disorder reclaim their lives. In Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, he brilliantly blends the knowledge of leading expert authorities with the experiences of his fellow patients, as well as his own, and offers extensive information on:

  • Diagnosing the problem
  • Associated illnesses and symptoms
  • Treatments, lifestyle, and coping
  • The effects of depression and bipolar disorder on relationships and sex

With a compassionate and eloquent voice, McManamy describes his belief that depression is a wide spectrum that reaches from occasional bouts of depression to full-fledged bipolar disorder. The first book to help patients recognize this diversity of the disorder, Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder will help sufferers begin to reclaim their lives.

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Seven years ago, John McManamy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through his successful Web site and newsletter, he has turned his struggles into a lifelong dedication to helping others battling depression and bipolar disorder reclaim their lives. In Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, he brilliantly blends the knowled...

John McManamy is the publisher of the award-winningMcMan's Depression and Bipolar Weeklyand the Web site McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:October 17, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060897422

ISBN - 13:9780060897420

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Telling it Like it Is - Wow Just Great! Beginning with my diagnosis of Manic Depression (Bipolar II) in 1978, I have been keenly interested in learning everything I could about it. I wanted to know how this horrific mental illness had the power to create such havoc on the lives of everyone it touched, and I wanted to know what the future held for me. It wasn’t until 1997 I that I had a computer, so I turned naturally to books, and read everything I could find about both Manic Depression and Depression. Over 28 years there were many books, authors ranging from those inflicted with the disorder, their extended families, the professionals who treated them, and those who just had an interest in the subject. I have even read books written by professionals for professionals. But never in my life have I read a book quite like John McManamy’s “Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You … That You Need to Know.” His approach is fantastic and unique … something akin to an old-time country town hall meeting where all factions can have their say, and conclusions can be drawn after hearing from everyone. There is John’s fascinating personal story; his denial for years that there is anything wrong with him, then his final acceptance at the age of 49 that he does indeed have Bipolar Disorder. Correct treatment did its part, but recovery came through the return of his self-worth. His ability to return to writing was closely followed by the inception of his informative and widely read newsletter, and website. Through these, his thirst for knowledge grew and he attended major conferences…always learning, and in turn, imparting knowledge. Not always accepting the conclusions of someone just because they said it was so (even if it was the most prominent psychiatrist in the field) John did his own research, and the knowledge he garnered over six years led to empathy and advocacy for everyone suffering with depression and bipolar disorder, and led naturally to the writing of this book. Carrying the town hall meeting analogy a little farther we meet just about every classification of people with an interest in, or an opinion about, Bipolar Disorder and Depression in this book. Woven skillfully throughout the pages we are introduced to people suffering with these illnesses and we are privy to their thoughts and feelings about it. Who truly knows best about an illness than those who suffer from it? We also hear from their family members who are forced to cope with a wide range of worries and concerns. The meeting hall fills up with the addition of treating professionals from many disciplines, and after the “meet and greet” is over the participants discuss the many subjects of interest to them all, always annotated, always with respect, and often with touches of “mcman humor” Diagnosis – one word that covers a huge area is discussed thoroughly, behavior, the brain, in language that we can understand, and the search for a cure are all explained. Interestingly enough books that I have read nearly always follow this part with treatment – medications and other sorts of treatment. John chose to follow it up with “Lifestyle” and he convinced this reader of the importance of lifestyle in the final outcome of these illnesses. Treatment, from all classes and types of medication, to “talking therapy” and the value of each is discussed, along with physical therapy such as ECT. And he goes on with much more, covering every topic of interest (and showing the veracity of his conclusions) to those of us who are up against these disorders. John is the guide … he’s the speaker at the town hall meeting who makes sure all factions are heard from and that all are granted the importance that they deserve. He pulls it all together into a read of fantastic proportions. Anyone who has ever been diagnosed with a mood disorder, depression or bipolar disorder, really needs to read this book. And those of you who haven’t been diagnosed but who confess to “wondering” at times – this is the book for you too. In six years I have seen a man come back from the dead – the John McManamy I met six years ago no longer exists. The writer who was so unsure of himself and his abilities that he could promise at most 3 or 4 articles is long gone too. In his place stands a vibrant, enthusiastically interested and interesting man who will entertain you thoroughly with this book.
Date published: 2006-05-01

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“Mental health advocates have a new Bible! Journalist John McManamy’s book offers readers sound advice about managing severe mental illnesses.”