I know I'm not really adding anything to the flow (?) of conversation here, but I would like to state that I have just ordered this book in the hope that it will help my understanding of the condition.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 Rapid Cycling Manic Depression (I don't like the modern term 'bipolar' as I don't find it remotely reflective.) in my early teens, and have spent the last 6 years being unable to work (officially). Nowadays, I've finally learned to cope, but I don't know how or why.
Last October, I went out to celebrate my 33rd birthday and frankly, I got hammered to the point that I have no idea what occurred. I woke up in the late afternoon of the following day and things felt 'different' though don't understand why.
Since then, I have lost 8 stone in weight, and haven't taken my daily cocktail of Citalopram, Haloperidol, and Ziprasidone, plus Fexofenadine, and Terazosin for 10 months. Don't fret - I saw my GP 2 weeks after my 'epiphany' and every month since.
So where am I going with this? Nowhere really. It's nearly 1am on a Tuesday morning, and I feel like getting it off my chest, and Stephen Fry has always been a bit of a hero of mine since I read an article about him that covered his mental battles. Before then, he was 'just' a funny guy to me.
Anyway, since October, I've watched every episode of QI (thanks to the wonders of the internet) and a lot of other programs that have permissed Stephen to be himself (or at least, how I see him) and that has spurred me on to returning to Cambridge to read Psychology in September.
No, I don't expect a response, and I do partly expect some moderation as I'm not really on subject, but I hope you can see how it ties in.
I've now got the urge to listen to American IV by Johnny Cash and cry my eyes out, so I shall wish you well, and I hope your book is as good as I've heard