"Jamison, writing in the mid-90s, says she felt personally affronted by the term "bipolar". She was not afraid of admitting that she herself suffered episodes of "madness" – nor did she feel the need to be de-stigmatised by politically correct terminology. A psychiatrist who has suffered from the illness for most of her life, she prefers the term manic depression because it is both more expressive of her experience and, ultimately, more clinically accurate.
Jamison's condition has been about as severe as is possible in someone still capable of holding down a senior medical position (currently professor of psychiatry at John Hopkins University in Baltimore). Her arguments flow from a view of major mental illnesses as the downstream biological effects of genetic disorders, and she perhaps underplays environmental factors." – theguardian