Madness, Mania and Creativity: A Bipolar Search for Identity, Part 1 of 2

by Patrick Sumner

Search for identity: A beat poet

The central question that troubles me is: Who am I? I suppose this question is as old as civilization, but modern medical break-throughs have thrown a new curve into my search for identity.

In my teens, I hung out with the demi-monde of my home town: pimps, prostitutes, punks, junkies and other persons living on the edge. Though I never shot dope, I would sit for hours watching as my friends did, furiously scribbling stream of consciousness poetry in the manner of a self-described latter-day Beat Poet.

In my later

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