• Welcome to the Jungle

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar but Were Too Freaked Out to Ask
  • By: Hilary Smith
  • Narrated by: Jennette Selig
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-28-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Bipolar is one of 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 listeners 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.

You have bipolar. It's you against the mothership. Lock and load, lock and load...

  • A hip, young, and remarkably funny, perspective on bipolar disorder.
  • The true insider's view of life with bipolar by a brilliant young writer.
©2010 Hilary Smith (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Elise
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 02-11-13

Perfect look at Bipolar- with a bunch of FUNNY!

Would you listen to Welcome to the Jungle again? Why?

I would definitely listen to Welcome to the Jungle again. It gives an informative look into the the world of bipoloar by someone who actually has been there. Even better she explains bipolar topics in a way that can be easily understood-- plus it is so funny! No pyschobabble here. It was great to feel "Hey, I got what she has and she has it together!" It was a validating humourous story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hillary Smith... everything she says is true and I completely identify, but on top of that she is FUNNY and down to earth! Love it!

What does Jennette Selig bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

At first, I didn't relate to the story teller's verbalization of the story, but after the first chapter, I got it and I could see her as Hillary Smith. It worked.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

After reading certain parts I was so inspired, I wanted to share this book with my husband and kids. And I did! It made me feel better because now they can understand what my brain goes thru. It is still something I can't verbalize, I'm glad Hillary can.

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Must have book for Bipolar info. A+++++++

If you could sum up Welcome to the Jungle in three words, what would they be?

Bipolar survival guide.

What did you like best about this story?

Easy to follow nonjudgemental factual info from a first hand perspective.

What about Jennette Selig’s performance did you like?

Everything, easy to follow, well thought out and exceptional delivery. The only complaint I have is that the insurance info is now outdated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really, but that in no way detracts from the book.

Any additional comments?

I hope she writes a follow-up book.

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Father of Bipolar Daughter

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cried in parts

Any additional comments?

As the Father of a Bipolar daughter I found this book incredibly insightful about the world my daughter is living in. I had been at a loss as to how to help her!. This book has given me a place to start and understand what I can and should do to help live a better life with bipolar.

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Outstanding Insight. Brilliant Delivery.

A diagnosis of bipolar is a tough pill to swallow. Every clinician charged with delivering this news needs to hand his or her patient an audio copy of this book with instructions to start listening on the way home.

'Before you start to stress out about having bipolar, you need to understand what it is and what it is not. Listen to this. It will answer all your question and provide great insight to manage your life and succeed with bipolar.'

Snarky and relevant, this book erases stigmas and teach real proved hacks to living bipolar. A heathy balance between the importance of stay on your meds and stuff you can do and control that will make you feel better every day, for the rest of your life.

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Best practical advice ever

If you could sum up Welcome to the Jungle in three words, what would they be?

Jungle is real.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Welcome to the Jungle?

It finally gave me a name for what I was feeling with a mixed state.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to it in one sitting and even listened to it while walking to the mailbox.

Any additional comments?

This was the best book on bipolar that I've ever even heard of.

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good overview of the condition

Hilary does a great job of describing, with layman's terms and hyperbole, the fundamentals of bipolar disorder and its common manifestations. I found that there was no real purpose for the often used vulgar tone carried throughout the book. this alone will prevent me from recommending it to a few people whom I wish to help educate about the subject.

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not helpful ...too much complaining

not helpful...
too much complaining ...
And whining ...
needed a bit more positive approach

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Yes! Finally!

Great resource! I highly recommend it! So many books written on the subject are either too clinical or too dumbed down. This book is delightfully frank and helpful.

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Well rounded

loved the analogies. Hard for a very literal person to listen to I think because much of the talk had underlying meaning or inuendoes that would be hard to catch on to for them. a lot of good information .

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Too immature

I didn't like the narrator, and the book itself was way too immature for me. I needed real information. Not for me

1 of 2 people found this review helpful