FROM THE INTRODUCTION: "When I was diagnosed at age 19, my parents went to Borders 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." 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. Welcome to the Jungle fills that gap with its upfront, empowering approach to the challenges of being diagnosed bipolar. Both humorous and immensely honest, it offers a true "in the trenches" perspective young readers will trust. With chapters ranging from What Just Happened?:Life Beyond Diagnosis to Here Be Downers: Drugs, Booze, and Suicide to Hippy Shit That Actually Works: Herbs, Wilderness Time, and Other Ways to Help Keep Your Shit Together to Hell is Finding Good Insurance: How to Get Your Ass Covered in Troubled Times, Smith brings bipolar self help to the street level.
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st May 2010
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing