I am a journalist who reports research-based information and the insights of patients and loved ones, as well as a patient and loved one writing from personal experience.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 30, 2012
John McManamy, an award-winning mental health journalist and author was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1999 at age 49 following a suicidal depression and a lifetime of denial. Soon after, as a means of coming to terms with his illness, he started up an email Newsletter (mid 1999), then mcmanweb.com (late 2000), a bipolar blog at BipolarConnect (late 2005), and a more wide-ranging blog here at Knowledge is Necessity (late 2008). In Oct 2006, HarperCollins published his book, “Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You That You Need to Know.” John also contributes as an expert patient on "HealthCentral" and has his own blog, “Knowledge is Necessity.”
On April 24 at 6:00 pm PST he will be appearing as a guest on the Runaway mind Show hosted by Maggie Reese, author of the book “Runaway Mind, My Own Race With Bipolar Disorder”
In 2004, as a Connecticut resident, John was honored with a public service award in recognition of mcmanweb and his Newsletter by the state's Psychiatric Society, NAMI, and Department of Mental Health. In June 2007, in recognition of mcmanweb and Newsletter and book, he received the prestigious Mogens Schou Award for Public Service from the Seventh International Conference on Bipolar Disorder. Past recipients of this award include Mogens Schou MD, who pioneered lithium treatment, and Kay Jamison PhD.
John is also involved in advocacy, public speaking, has been involved with DBSA on local, state, and national levels. In late 2006, after three years in central New Jersey, he moved to the San Diego area where He is currently serving on the board of NAMI San Diego.
John has just self-published a new book on the funny side of mental illness and life in general, "Raccoons Respect My Piss But Watch Out For Skunks: My Funny Life on a Planet Not of My Choosing That I Now - Sort of, Maybe, Well Okay - Call Home."
Maggie Reese, host of the Runaway Mind Show, continues to plant the seeds of hope for those living with and affected by Bipolar mental disorder through her website at http://www.runawaymind.net,
Follow her journey at her blog Maggie’s Runaway Mind world at chicwildmamma.blogspot.com, post questions and follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/RunawayMind.
Maggie can be seen on her YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/runawaymindbook and heard monthly on the new show Runaway Mind on Blog Talk Radio interviewing her guests in a fun and deeply honest style.