It seems that most reviewers who didn't enjoy this were expecting a psychology textbook or self-help book, or just disappointed that this wasn't about themselves (or whoever they know who is manic-depressive). As a MEMOIR, this is phenomenal. Jamison's life is fascinating, and the insights that she has gained over the years into herself and her illness are incredible. The mere fact that she suffered from a mood disorder so intensely for so long while becoming an accomplished psychiatrist and professor (not to mention a gifted writer) is downright inspiring. Is this every person's experience with manic-depressive disorder? No. Every person's life is not a best-selling memoir. Jamison recognizes and is grateful for the atypical amount of personal/professional support and other resources that she has enjoyed, and laments the reality that others are not so fortunate. Whether or not you can relate to the specifics of her experience, you will gain a deeper understanding for various aspects of this illness and some valuable lessons into how to care for others in times of suffering. One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time.