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Welcome to the Jungle : Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask - Hilary T. Smith

Welcome to the Jungle

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.

Introduction -- 1. What just happened? : Life beyond the diagnosis -- 2. Mania, depression, psychosis, oh my! : A whirlwind tour through the episodes of bipolar disorder -- 3. You've got drugs : Wrapping your head around meds -- 4. Shrinks : What they're for and how they can help -- 5. This is your manager speaking : Taming episodes with food, sleep, and exercise -- 6. Grace under fire : Keeping a cool head in crappy situations -- 7. Here be downers : Drugs, booze, and suicide -- 8. The game of life : Bipolar in college and at work -- 9. Voices not in your head : Dealing with friends and family -- 10. Hippie shit that actually works : Herbs, wilderness time, and other ways to help yourself keep your shit together -- 11. Hell is finding good insurance : How to get your ass covered in troubled time -- Conclusion.

ISBN: 9781609251635
ISBN-10: 1609251636
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st May 2010
Edition Number: 1