I was crying and shaking in Dr. Bob's office this morning after an overly long hiatus between psychotherapy sessions when an announcement went out onto the Internet and into my email mailbox.
Had I known at the time, I would have saved my psychiatrist half a box of Kleenex.
But I didn't. Instead, I made a month's worth of standing appointments because I've been overly stressed out lately and then left his office, as always, feeling 100 lbs. lighter. That's the power of talking therapy with him for me.
For the second consecutive year, Coming Out Crazy made the list. I was stunned. Last week, PsychCentral launched the new Journal of Participatory Medicine on his World of Psychology blog. I figured these awards were discontinued.
Under an introduction stressing the growing number of entrants, Sandra Kiume noted the difficulty in narrowing this year's list to 10 plus several Honourable Mentions. As far as I'm concerned, all 18 blogs named are equally worthy of this honour.
Here is what Kiume, a Vancouver-based mental health advocate and editor of Channel N said about Coming Out Crazy. This is daunting. Humbling. Blatant self-promotion isn't really my style, but here goes:
Coming Out Crazy. Sandy Naiman is fierce and fabulous. With a background in print journalism, her blog was new to the net last year and it's been fun to see her adapt to the medium – and vice-versa. Some of the perennial trolls have been buzzing around her blog, smelling fresh blood, but she deftly slaps them down with precise words soaked in reality and wisdom. Sandy is a dynamo who is an offline mental health advocate and speaker. In Coming Out Crazy, she's making gorgeous jewelry from her goldmine of experience as a person living with bipolar.
I feel privileged to be in the company of the following fascinating bloggers who have far more experience in this medium than I do.
Congratulations to The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive – I look forward to becoming acquainted with Irish-born British blogger Seaneen. I'm particularly pleased that veteran blogger Liz Spikol and The Trouble With Spikol are honoured once again. I'm a longtime fan of this well-deserving, candid and incisive Philadelphia-based journalist and blogger.
I'm anxious to get to know Joel Sax and his Pax Nortana, Amy's humourous posts at All About Bipolar, Cristina Fender's Raw Writing for the Real World Bipolar, Crazy Tracy and Time for your Meds, and Crazy Black Woman.
Phil Dawdy's Furious Seasons and John McManamy's Knowledge is Necessity are "must-reads" for anyone who wants to be well-informed about the hijinx of Big Pharma and the complexities of mood disorders. Both are informed investigative writers.
Last year, I telephoned PsychCentral CEO and Founder psychologist John M. Grohol to thank him personally for supporting Coming Out Crazy in his 2008 list. Grohol, who launched PsychCentral, his groundbreaking independent Internet mental health network in 1995, said that this was a great way to spread the word and draw more people to our blogs.
In the spirit of sharing intriguing new ideas and perspectives about Bipolar Disorders, I want to thank him and Sandra Kiume for drawing to my attention many of these new voices and including mine. I look forward to reading them and referring to them in my future posts, linking to them and learning from them.
I am thrilled to be in this remarkable company, as is my editor at The Toronto Star, Brandie Weikle. It was her vision to have a Mental Health and Wellness blog on Healthzone.ca when it launched on April 8, 2008. She invited me to write it. We work as a team. And the rest is history.
Take care and speak soon!