Greetings, and thanks for visiting my blog. First of all, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Clive, married with 3 grown up kids. I’m also a full time carer for my wife. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015, but I know I’ve had this all my life.
In 2016 I was inspired to write a book, which is ironic really, as I’ve never liked writing, lol. It was after my bipolar diagnosis, that I started to think about my life, and certain events which had happened from when I was a boy.
It was at this point I could see the picture of a “jigsaw puzzle” coming together, which is “my life”. I’m now convinced that bipolar disorder runs in my family. So I wrote a memoir about everything that I could remember from when I was around 5 years old. You can check my book out in the “categories” at the top of the page.
Since I was diagnosed, I tried a lot of different meds, but I just couldn’t function on them. I couldn’t get out of bed, so therefore I couldn’t look after my wife, I just had to be on the ball!. I then found a great hobby in “metal detecting”. This has been like therapy for me. I’ve been off the medication ever since.
I’m riding this “bipolar-coaster” without a seatbelt!. It gets a bit bumpy at times, but I found out that I can ride it out, with the help from metal detecting, and what I’m doing now…”writing”. I look at life in a humorous way, I think it’s another way that I manage to keep the depressive side of bipolar at bay. Don’t get me wrong, I do have certain days where I think..”fuck it, what’s the point!”.
I seem to be more hypomanic most of the time, which if your bipolar, is the good side. I’m probably very lucky in that sense, where I seem to be able to dodge the low moods most of the time. I do get certain days where I have “rapid cycles”, where one minute I’m on top of the world, the next I’m in the pits of hell!.
I started this blog, in the hope that I will connect with some like minded people. I want to reach out and say…”your not alone” on this rollercoaster ride called bipolar disorder. If you don’t mind a few swear words, then jump on board, buckle up, and let’s ride it together. Hopefully you’ll have a bit of a laugh on the way, “ LIFES TO SHORT”. 😊👍