Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle : Facing Bi-Polar Without Freaking Out

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A Bipolar Guide from a Bipolar PersonWelcome to the Jungle has a greater focus on bipolar people, not the diagnosis: the ways in which each person can find his or her own way through the extreme emotional states and intense experiences that we are calling "bipolar"-whether that means medication or meditation, psychiatrists or vision quests, good sleep or good all-night dancing, or a little bit of everything.

An honest, relatable book that can help you figure out how to live your life with bipolar disorder. Many bipolar books are too clinical, too alarmist, and too clearly written for family members and caretakers of people diagnosed with this mood disorder. Welcome to the Jungle is different. Author Hilary Smith wrote this guide because it is the book she wishes she'd been given when she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It answers questions, points to resources, and most of all, comes from someone who understands what it's like to be thrown off course by an overwhelming mental health issue-and what to do afterwards.

Know that you are not alone-and that many paths can lead to healing. Just like for everyone else, there are many, many paths that bipolar people can take in life. Learn more about how to live your own life with a mental illness using the help of the insights in Welcome to the Jungle, which covers topics such as:

Wrapping your head around triggers, causes of mood swings, medications, and therapists
Recovering from mental breakdowns, manic moments, and major depressive episodes
Living your life beyond the diagnosis-and helping your family to do the same

Readers of bipolar mental health books like The Bipolar Workbook, Rock Steady, or OMG That's Me! will love the devastatingly on-target, honest insights offered in Welcome to the Jungle.

*This book is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any illness or act as a substitute for advice from a doctor or psychiatrist.*
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 216mm
  • FL, United States
  • English
  • No
  • 1642504610
  • 9781642504613

Table of contents


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 Changing Channels
Preventing Episodes with Insight

6 Ninja Skills for the Mentally Chill
Tools for Staying Sane

7 Bugs in the Jungle
Suicide, Psych Wards, and Other Downers

8 The Forest for the Trees
Getting Back on Your Feet After Mania or Depression

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

Conclusion: Gifts from the Jungle

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About Hilary T. Smith

Hilary Smith was born in 1986. She grew up in Canada and received a BA in English Literature at the University of British Columbia. Her adventures with bipolar disorder began when she was in her late teens, when constant insomnia and crazy thoughts started making her life a little more "interesting." Now she lives somewhere on the West Coast of the USA (her exact home at any given time is subject to frequent changes, as she and her paramour tend to ramble around the country a lot in pursuit of their dreams).

Hilary wrote Welcome to the Jungle because it is the book she wishes she'd been given when she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Any comments or letters from readers are welcome. Hilary can be reached at bipolarjungle@gmail.com.
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