Julie A. Fast is the author of the bestselling mental health books Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner, Getting It Done When You’re Depressed, OMG, That’s Me! (vol. 2), and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. She is a longtime bp Magazine writer and the top blog contributor, with over 5 million blog views. Julie is also a researcher and educator who focuses on bipolar disorder prevention and ways to recognize mood swings from the beginning—before they go too far and take over a person’s life. She works as a parent and partner coach and regularly trains health care professionals, including psychiatric residents, pharmacists, general practitioners, therapists, and social workers, on bipolar disorder and psychotic disorder management. She has a Facebook group for parents, The Stable Table, and for partners, The Stable Bed. Julie is the recipient of the Mental Health America excellence in journalism award and was the original consultant for Claire Danes’s character on the TV show Homeland. Julie had the first bipolar disorder blog and was instrumental in teaching the world about bipolar disorder triggers, the importance of circadian rhythm sleep, and the physical signs of bipolar disorder, such as recognizing mania in the eyes. Julie lives with bipolar disorder, a psychotic disorder, anxiety, and ADD.
20 Unexpected Signs of Bipolar Depression
I’ve found that there are two kinds of bipolar depression, and few seek treatment for the second type. By identifying our depressive symptoms before we get sick, we can manage bipolar disorder far more successfully. Here are the signs of an angry and irritated downswing. Not All Symptoms of Bipolar Depression Are Obvious I have bipolar...
Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk About
The three symptoms below represent the side of bipolar disorder we all know is there but rarely want to let the public know exists. I know how important it is to protect the reputation of bipolar disorder in the general public. We don’t want people thinking we are dangerous, scary, crazy people who can’t be...
Relationships & the Bipolar Trap
Relationships. We make them, and we break them. Then, we have to repair them. Bipolar Disorder & the Struggle to Make & Maintain Friendships Recently, a friend asked me, “Julie, why don’t you write a book about bipolar disorder and relationships?” “I already did that with my first book for couples where one person has...
Blogs and Articles
How to Create a Stable & Joyful Holiday Season with Bipolar Disorder
It starts with identifying our needs and communicating them clearly, so we can keep our mood stable and enjoy the festivities. We can create a holiday plan that serves us for years to come, starting now. Let’s focus on what we need and how we want to feel during every holiday season. It’s possible to...
What Does It Mean to Have a “Hijacked House” with Bipolar?
Offering your adult children with bipolar the choice to meet your needs (or not) is a first step to creating a peaceful home. Understanding the “Hijacked House” & Bipolar Disorder My post called “The ‘Hijacked House’: Tips for Parents of Adult Children with Bipolar Disorder Living at Home” addresses questions about how to handle an adult...
Bipolar & Work: How I Turn My Brain “On”
Bipolar is part of my life, but it doesn’t ruin my life. In terms of personal relationships, things are good! I’d like the same for my work. Working Through & With Bipolar Disorder My message is one of hope and renewal: Bipolar may be part of your life, but it does not have to ruin...
4 Reasons Saying “No” to Self-Fueling Mania Leads to a Happier Life
Especially during depressive episodes, mania might seem appealing. I know from experience, though, that welcoming mania means holding the door open for depression, too. Mania’s Appeal & Relationship to Depression I know as well as anyone that certain kinds of mania feel incredible. This is especially true if you experience a lot of depression and...
I Never Get Used to My Bipolar Mood Swings
With persistently active bipolar disorder, I never become fully accustomed to my mood swings. That said, I still manage my symptoms and live my best life. In many cases, bipolar symptoms improve with time, proper treatment, and lifestyle adjustments, and one’s future can be brighter than one’s past. This is true and a positive thing....
3 Secret Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
You are not alone if you or a loved one experiences these “secret” symptoms. We can learn to recognize them, ask for help, and find stability. If video is not showing, click here Today I am talking about one of the most popular blog on bphope, “Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk...