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.