This is one of the "must have" books for anyone newly diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder (manic-depression). It is invaluable in teaching both sufferer and supporter the symptoms and symptomatic behavior associated with these brain disorders.
It is also one of the best books I have read for learning coping skills. Coping skills are needed while you are trying to find a treatment to end your suffering. Since that can take weeks, months or even years, coping skills are vital to keep you on track with your treatment efforts - and to help you during times of suicidal ideation.
This book was monumental in helping me get through a severe depression that lasted nonstop for half-a-decade. Now that I have been symptom-free for the last five-years (due to medication), I am able to look back in hindsight to see what got me and my wife, Melissa, through that personal nightmare. This book was one of those lifesaving gifts which got us on track immediately after I was diagnosed. It is a book of which we are most grateful.
I recommend this book to all my readers, and anyone suffering with depression or biplar disorder.