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

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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.


About Hilary Smith

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Hilary 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.
Published May 1, 2010 by Conari Press. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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