Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask

Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask

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by Hilary Smith
     
 

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Bipolar is currently the most commonly diagnosed emotional/psychiatric condition, and diagnosis tends to come when one is in one's late teens or early 20s. And yet almost nothing has been written about it from eye level and a young person's perspective. This book brilliantly fills that gap. "When I was diagnosed at age 19, my…  See more details below

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Bipolar is currently the most commonly diagnosed emotional/psychiatric condition, and diagnosis tends to come when one is in one's late teens or early 20s. And yet almost nothing has been written about it from eye level and a young person's perspective. This book brilliantly fills that gap. "When I was diagnosed at age 19, my parents went to a bookstore and bought me a pile of books about bipolar. I threw them away in disgust (actually, exchanged them for books of poetry)-not because I wasn't curious about bipolar, but because all the books treated the subject with clinical rubber gloves. They were dry, annoying, and made me feel like a disease, not a person. I wrote this book because it's the book I should have been given when I was diagnosed."
With chapters of advice on everything from how to get off the floor after the blow of a bipolar diagnosis to how to think about psychiatry and manage your meds to how to deal with thoughts of suicide to "hippy shit" like meditation, herbs, and other non-medical bipolar helpers to navigating the healthcare system, this is the first self-help book by a bipolar young adult to other bipolar young adults.

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"Hilary Smith's wise, hilarious, and candid book is a veritable lifesaver not only for those suffering from bipolar disorder, but for those struggling to keep their sanity while loving them. Maybe because the author suffers from the disorder herself, her book is an actual survival guide, brimming with insight, anecdote, and tough love. Recovery was never so inspiring." --Allison Burnett, author of Undiscovered Gyrl

"This book is flat-out fantastic. Funny, smart, and unflinchingly astute, Welcome to the Jungle is exactly the guide you want on your journey from chaos to stability as you learn to manage bipolar disorder. Smith's sure voice is a welcome companion over some hard road, and her wry wisdom lights the way. Indispensable." --Marya Hornbacher, author of Madness: A Bipolar Life

"Hilary Smith has come through big time with a book about bipolar disorder targeted to teens or 20-somethings experiencing mental illness for the first time." ―Washington Post

"By far the best, most comprehensive self-help book out there about bipolar disorder. Hilary Smith's incredible sense of humor, candor, and wit make her guide both easy to read and a pleasure and a laugh riot. Every person with bipolar (or family member or friend) should read this book as soon as possible. This book will save lives." --Andy Behrman, author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania

"VERDICT Among the wealth of works on bipolar, this title (wisely pulled from a Guns N' Roses lyric) nicely stands out as a super reference for younger readers interested in or actually experiencing bipolar disorder and is also a valuable resource for professionals." ―Library Journal

"Hilary Smith writes with candor, cleverness and sharp wit, bringing to light what those with bipolar already know: That just because you've been diagnosed with a mental illness doesn't mean you've lost your insight, intelligence or playful (and often self-mocking) sense of humor. Welcome to the Jungle astutely captures the roller coaster of emotions that accompany bipolar--from trenchant despair to uproarious mania--and does so in a way that never alienates the reader, but rather sucks you in and keeps you wanting to go along for the ride. Writing with a wisdom and faculty well beyond her years, Smith had me laughing out loud--not at her, but with her. Whether you're a teen for whom the diagnosis of bipolar is as raw and fresh as a snipped nerve, or in your 20s struggling with the disease for what seems like decades, Welcome to the Jungle is the quintessential young person's companion." --Malina Saval, author of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens

Library Journal
Smith, editor of The Med Magazine, an online satire magazine aimed at young people with mental illness, provides a new guide to bipolar disorder that specifically targets the youth market. One of the more common psychiatric conditions, bipolar disorder tends to be diagnosed in one's late teens or early twenties. Smith, diagnosed at 19, here reveals her frustration with the available works, which treated the disorder clinically and missed her particular interests and concerns. This led her to write this hip and often humorous work. In sensible language pulled directly from the vernacular of today's youth, Smith provides solid information on dealing with the initial diagnosis, what to expect from the typical cycles of mania and depression, understanding today's new medications, finding the most appropriate psychiatrist, maintaining one's cool during the tough times, avoiding drugs and alcohol, managing the disorder while working or in school, and dealing with friends and family. Also included are helpful web sites tailored to younger readers. VERDICT Among the wealth of works on bipolar, this title (wisely pulled from a Guns N' Roses lyric) nicely stands out as a super reference for younger readers interested in or actually experiencing bipolar disorder and is also a valuable resource for professionals.—Dale Farris, Groves, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609251635
Publisher:
Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
165,992
File size:
764 KB

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FROM THE INTRODUCTION

When I was diagnosed at age 19, my parents went a bookstore and bought me a pile of books about bipolar. I threw them away in disgust (actually, exchanged them for books of poetry)--not because I wasn't curious about bipolar, but because all the books treated the subject with clinical rubber gloves. They were dry, annoying, and made me feel like a disease, not a person. I wrote this book because it's the book I should have been given when I was diagnosed.

Meet the Author


Hilary T. Smith is a brilliant young writer and artist living largely off the grid (but very reachable by email and snail mail--and telephone, when necessary) in the Pacific Northwest.

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Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
TristaTorment More than 1 year ago
an absolutely amazing read! Accurate in almost every sense of the word! -Trista
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After being diagnosed this was the first book I read that was actually written in understandable and frank language. I loved how blunt it is but also how realistic and helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit disappointed that (from my parent-perspective), since this is written to be read BY a person diagnosed with Bipolar, it seemed to tell someone to basically do whatever they want... maybe if my newly-diagnosed child wasn't a teenager I would have looked at this differently, but I was hoping for more of a book to help my child realize he needs to take the medications even after he's feeling stabilized.
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What is bipolar