The author led an orthodox but controlled life until the age of 18. Clive Wild
was not physically abused but his demeanour was affected by his early home life.
He was to been seen but not heard and he eventually believed that. It planted
itself in his psyche. His university years brought some joy but he was still
that shy youth. This continued into his twenties and he had no girlfriend by the
time he was 32. He made a brave decision to work in Saudi Arabia and that shook
his world. He made some real money and visited the United States for the first
During his time in Saudi Arabia, he had back surgery, had his
first manic episode and was locked in a mental ward. This was within a two
month period. He returned to England but later worked in the USA for fifteen
In the first months in LA, he sought a diagnosis and found one
after a three month search. He had moved to LA with his future first wife who he
later divorced. He met his second wife in LA and married/divorced/remarried her.
He survived a chaotic personal life against a background of Bipolar Disorder.
He returned to England and tried to find work. It became too stressful
and he settled for early retirement after his mother passed away in 2007. He
lives alone in a small flat in his home town. Most of his friends are in
cyberspace. Despite all this, he has never been more positive and hopeful for
He has a good respect for the illness and he has good
insight which others can benefit from. He is recovering well while realizing
that it is a lifetime commitment and medication is required.