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My Life as a Mood Swinger
by Clive Wild   

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Publisher:  Xlibris Corporation Type: 


Copyright:  2009 ISBN-13:  9781441524768

My life story as affected by Bipolar Disorder.


This is the life story of Clive Wild who is the author. It is mostly about his struggle with Bipolar Disorder. Clive’s early life is described in enough detail to give a picture of his personality and character.

Clive was an intelligent youth but his general sad demeanour led to him being an under achiever. He started a good IT career in 1972 that lasted until 1999.
In 1982 he took a job in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to kick start his life. Back surgery triggered his first manic episode. A GP consultation led to a week locked in a mental ward.
Clive moved to America to work in 1984. He became manic and quit his job. He spent several months searching for a diagnosis and a new job. He found both. He was put on medication and found stability until early 1992. Clive stopped his lithium and became manic. He flew to England and disrupted the life of friends and family. He returned to LA after being hospitalized.
1992 was a year of riots in LA and Clive entered a chaotic period of his life. It included another manic episode and a flight to Singapore in 1996. A bad depression and a suicide attempt followed.
Clive survived the experience. He is now positive and calmer than ever. He is recovering well while realizing that it is a lifetime commitment and medication is required.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

I began to worry about my elated mood and naively went to the GP. He supported the company’s workers. He was not very helpful and referred me straight to a psychiatric hospital. I was immediately hospitalized and placed in a locked ward.

There is something ironic about being hospitalized when you are manic. I was hospitalized on two occasions, once in Saudi and once later in England. Forcibly would be a too strong a term. I didn’t have much choice on either occasion. The manic feeling can make you feel bullet proof and impervious to hurt. I entered both hospitals willingly and with a naive trust of the doctors. This turned a potentially traumatic situation into something quite bearable. The fun would normally start after I was admitted. The normal routine was an injection in your backside. That would usually be all she wrote. This didn’t happen in the Saudi hospital. In a way, it might have been easier all round.

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