The Bipolar Writer (Work In Progress)

The Bipolar Writer is a non-fiction memoir told from the point-of-view of James Edgar Skye (my pen name)  about a man named David (who are one and the same because I am David). The memoir itself will mostly be written as if James was living the life because I think using my pen name would be best for this piece.

Any and all names of the people in my life will be changed to ensure anonymity.

My memoir chronicles my experiences from the early years before my diagnosis and the years of 2007-2017, a ten-year span of my diagnosis with Bipolar One with depressive and manic episodes, along with anxiety,  and insomnia.

The context of the memoir will include journal entries, various chapters on my experiences living with the mental illnesses that I suffer from, poems, and other musings that have happened in the ten-year span.

The subject matter includes but not limited to:

Stories about three different suicide attempts over the years. I will share my experiences with social anxiety, insomnia, and mania. I will talk about what helps me with my mental illness awareness. I will talk about how much my experiences have changed me both good and bad. How over the years I found solace in my writing, mediation, and music.

Other Topics

  • Medication and how it changed over the years.
    • How Ativan has changed me. How it can be addictive and how without it my anxiety spirals. Also about the ups and downs with dosages.
    • How Seroquel is the only way I sleep.
    • How Anti-depressants have changed over the ten year period.
    • My experience with the mood-stabilizer lithium.
  • Psychiatrists, and how over the years I have gone through many different ones that have brought different aspects to my diagnosis.
  • Different types of hospital visits.
    • How the ER has never been effective for me.
  • How therapy changed the course of my diagnosis.
  • Insurance and my difficulties over the years.
    • How Obamacare changed the course of my diagnosis.
  • Depression (which will cover many different aspects)
  • Anxiety and social anxiety and how I have dealt.
    • A whole series about my social anxiety life.
  • I will talk about living with Manic Episodes.
  • Trips to the psychiatric ward.
  • My experiences with the American Healthcare System.

My memoir The Bipolar Writer is an extension of my blog but it my story, complete, over a ten year period of a Bipolar anxiety insomnia that filled my life.

This project is currently underway so this list may grow or shrink as I continue to write!

Please Help me Publish my Memoir

I have finished the first draft of my memoir “The Bipolar Writer” and I have decided to go down the self-publishing route. If you can donate anything towards my goal, it would mean the world to me. Those that donate will get a special mention in my memoir on a page dedicated to those that made my memoir possible. Thank you in advance!


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82 thoughts on “The Bipolar Writer (Work In Progress)

  1. These days I am seem to be reading/learning more about depression, bipolar. It is really quite a complex state to be in and it takes so much courage, will power and support to gain some normality. I am know we all suffer some depression, but these are more sever, i cant imagine how sever. I wish you all the best and success in winning over this in some way.

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  2. Hello, David. I just wanted to Thank You, for following my blog. I obviously just started following yours, and I am truly happy to be. After reading this, I felt a strong bond with you. I felt as if I was reading the male version of me. So many similarities, and diagnoses. I sincerely look forward to reading more from you as time moves forward.
    Thank you,

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    1. Thank you for spending a moment of your day following and taking a look at my blog. It is always great to connect with others with similar issues and diagnosis and have such a strong bond even though we don’t know one another beyond our blogs. Good luck in your own journey and I hope to connect with you more in the future.

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      1. I have OCD myself. And I think I would have a really hard time as to decide where to start and end a memoir about it. I plan on writing about it someday too. So I’m interested in your progress

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      2. What I did was start somewhere, anywhere. My memoir is linear. Its all over the place, much like my life. I start writing on subjects much like my blog but more in depth. I use my blog as a beta tester of sorts. I write topic and gauge the response if it will make into my memoir. I expand and expand.

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      3. It’s an interesting process. To me I wanna write it down when I feel like I have something new and unique to tell about ocd. That will probably take more time I guess. But using the blog as a beta test is probably a great idea!

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  3. I do believe we have to overcome all of this, but it seems at times there is no point. So, I think this is the thing which really bothers me, and probably you as well. It is impossible to find a sense of doing things when everything goes wrong. I am very tired at the moment, but I will certainly return to your blog to read about the novels and stories. You are courageous. It takes strength to get into depth of such issues.

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  4. This sounds really great James / David (I too have considered writing under a pseudonym because many family / friends etc are unaware of my mental illnesses, especially anorexia/bulimia, and I write pretty raw accounts). I hope it goes well! When I was really low during high school I did start to write novels as a way to escape. Tried to get them published but had no luck. Not sure if it’s because they were bad or because I am honest and immediately confessed to being fourteen at the time. Any tips on the publishing side of things? Also – totally understand the Seroquel Dilemma, every time I have been admitted I am prescribed it but unfortunately in Aus GPs will not prescribe that particular med outside of a ward environment (due to side effects I think)

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    1. It depends on which route you want to go. I am leaning towards self-publishing. There are companies out there that offer packages like editing/ proofreading and help along the path of self publish. It can be expensive.


      1. I was actually offered self publishing at one point, but decided not to go down that path for the expense reason (I wasn’t working yet at the time, as most 14 yo’s aren’t). Good luck with it all! Would love to hear updates? Guess I’ll just have to stay tuned to the blog hehe 🙂

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  5. So i just read about this post and It’s so interesting to know about a new thing here. Since i felt about something wrong with me and when i tried to learn about the psychiatry i know there are so much people out there really need each other. And thank you for inspired me with this story, can’t wait for this story. 🙂

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  6. This is going to help so many others who suffer from this. It’s so important to share our stories while we’re here, to touch others’ lives. I also think the info about healthcare and medication is really critical for people to understand. I’ve worked with the at-risk population and many who have mental health issues and the waiting lists, lack of therapists, and hoops to jump through to get in to see anyone in our area is horrendous. I will be following your blog( thanks for visiting mine and following!), and will be sure to be first in line for your memoir. I also wrote a memoir about my father in blog form,, so I like your idea of sharing while you write!!💕☯️🌻~Anne

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About James Edgar Skye

I am a novelist, screenwriter, and blogger. I have written a screenplay entitled “Memory of Shane” and working towards the completion of the novel version. I am also writing my memoir “The Bipolar Writer" which also serves as the name of this blog. I also write feature articles on other members of the mental illness community on my blog.