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Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know (Living Well (Collins)) Paperback – October 17, 2006
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“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)
About the Author
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.
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Top customer reviews
Bipolar entered my life nine months ago as a mysterious and frightening disorder. Far more than any doctor, McManamy's website helped me understand what was happening, especially with regard to the different medications, their risks/benefits, and the wide range of non-medical treatments like managing sleep patterns and exercise. Now McManay has brought together the best of his website into a info-packed paperback.
I appreciated reading throughout the book the experiences of people from all walks of life. It is heartening to know you are not alone. I now have another tool to live well despite the challenges of these disorders.
My pdoc, who stays on top of the medical literature, was impressed with the breadth and depth of McManamy's research. I highly recommend this book to anyone dealing with these disorders, health care practitioners, and friends and family.
This one has our sense of humor, our pain, our fear. He also knows what works, and what to do when medical science has given its all and you still do not have a LIFE. Also he has a ongoing website.
This is not a book, its a beginning when you though you reached the end.
He addresses the benefits and the risks of the standard treatments for
depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder and he introduces new research,
as well as complementary and nutritional treatments which can
restore normal brain chemistry. Few books written for laymen mention the
practice guidelines of psychiatry. This one does - throughout.
McManamy doesn't just trust meds and more meds. He knows that powerful brain pills help but they also cause problems for some patients. If you are looking for information and hope to live well with your "perfect mental storms", you will love this book!
review by Robert Sealey, BSc, CA
author of Finding Care for Depression, Mental Episodes & Brain Disorders