Seriously this, Touched by Fire is an AMAZING book and really helped put my issues in perspective, currently I'm not on medicine, but that's more to do with not having medical insurance. What i did last time I was on meds, because I have been very over medicated in the past was to tell the doctor that I would like to have a little more stability in my moods but that I would like to still be able to feel things, because just being numb and lethargic is way worse than my shift in moods these days. Knowledge of what you're going through, how to take care of yourself the best, and the signs to know when you may be transitioning into a manic or depressive phase does wonders, as does educated your immediate family, who in my experience are the only one's who truly NEED to know. When your immediate family understands and is as educated as you are it makes EVERYTHING much easier. I'd suggest reading anything by Kay Redfield Jamison, she's a leading researcher on mood disorders and her interest comes from being Manic-Depressive herself.