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Writing with Bipolar Disorder

I finished up my memoir and published it on scribd: https://www.scribd.com/doc/247275995/Notes-on-Madness

A poetic book and diary that spans about five years. I used journaling as a tool to collect my thoughts and think more rationally. In 2005 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I'm not diagnosed with schizophrenia anymore, but this is my journey through the questions about treatment and the effect of medications. I also have included some dreams and stories. I hope it inspires people.


Writing the memoir was a journey in and of itself. I learned a lot from writing out my thoughts every day and collecting them, editing them for accuracy and noticing moments in my past when I was not as clear thinking. It started in 2010 when I was put on Seroquel. I lost a lot of my writing and memory due to an episode. My first signs of deterioration were noticeable in high school where I went from a straight A student in math to failing. The depression and the effects of the mania really took a toll on my education. So in learning to write out my feelings, I could educate myself and communicate better overall. It helped because I no longer hold a label of schizophrenia. I still have adhd and bipolar disorder, but it's not as severe as was once thought it seems.

On the trip to visit my relatives for thanksgiving, my dad and I talked about jobs and career paths. I want to start out as a behavioral technician, and someday maybe manage organizations that outreach and educate people on techniques of coping with mental health and substance abuse problems. I also have experience with friends and personal experience with substance abuse that I overcame. The important factor in recovery is willpower and hope to succeed.

My novel is about 48 chapters if anyone would like to support it. Thanks for this wonderful site!

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Just subscribed to this thread so I can come back to it later. It seems I had a similar experience. the last book I read from a diagnosed schizophrenic really didn't help me much although the person that wrote it was very honest and forward about his experience. If I did get anything from the prior book it was only years later when I realized whether or not I related to the depths the writer had gone through, it really did not bear on my story at all. I only had this breakthrough by having some level of acceptance of my situation. So If possible I will read your story with an open mind, which basically means as open as the wind not a cup of water. Sorry, just one of my favorite plays on words there.
 
siliconpoetry;bt3007 said:
Just subscribed to this thread so I can come back to it later. It seems I had a similar experience. the last book I read from a diagnosed schizophrenic really didn't help me much although the person that wrote it was very honest and forward about his experience. If I did get anything from the prior book it was only years later when I realized whether or not I related to the depths the writer had gone through, it really did not bear on my story at all. I only had this breakthrough by having some level of acceptance of my situation. So If possible I will read your story with an open mind, which basically means as open as the wind not a cup of water. Sorry, just one of my favorite plays on words there.



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Here is a link to the finished book. It costs $5 for the full ebook. I hope you do read it! Thank-you for sharing your thoughts.
 

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