This is a fascinating look by a very erudite man into his own depression. We all know someone who suffers from this horrific disease. Be forewarned, however. Everyone's experience is different and someone who is depressed and reads this may be misled by Styron's own self-diagnosis and conclusions as to what led to his depression and how to "fix" it. However, it is helpful for someone who loves a depressed person to read this. Very insightful.