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About Julie A. Fast
JULIE A. FAST is a bestselling international author, researcher, educator and sought after expert in the mental health field. She is regarded as a brain disorder pioneer for her groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to treating bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, anxiety, psychosis and schizoaffective disorder using both mainstream and her personal management strategies.
Her international bestselling books include:
- Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner
- Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A Four Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability
- Getting it Done When You're Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track
- OMG, That's Me! Vol. 2
Julie was the original consultant for Claire Danes and her TV series Homeland on Showtime.
Julie is a family and partner coach for those who love someone with bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns (www.JulieFast.com), writes a column for BP Magazine (www.BPHope.com), blogs for Psychology Today and has a popular blog and parent and partner newsletter at (www.BipolarHappens.com/bhBlog).
Julie runs The Stable Table group for parents and caregivers of loved ones with bipolar on Facebook and The Stable Bed for partners.
Julie also trains pharmacists, psychiatric residents, social workers, alternative health care practitioners, general physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists and many more health care professionals on the topics of depression, bipolar disorder and psychosis management.
Julie speaks regularly on the topic of cannabis marijuana and how it interacts with bipolar disorder.
You can find her on FaceBook at the Julie A. Fast and Julie A. Fast Books pages and Twitter @JulieBipolar. She also has many popular You Tube videos on mental health topics including her recent event at Oxford University.
Julie is on Instagram @JulieFast
Julie's books have sold over 500,000 copies.
Julie's Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis
Julie was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder II in 1995 at the age of thirty-one, after she had unknowingly lived with the disorder for over fourteen challenging and chaotic years. In 1998, three years after the diagnosis and twenty-three medications later, she found herself at a life-or-death crossroads: The medications were not enough and the quality of her life had spiraled downward with unhealthy relationships, work problems, weight gain, a loss of dreams and money issues as a result. This experience became the inspiration behind the treatment plan found in all of her books.
If diagnosed today, Julie would receive a schizoaffective disorder diagnosis as she also lives with a psychotic disorder.
A note from Julie:
Do you care about someone with a mental health disorder?
Do you have mental health disorder symptoms?
I want to let you know it's going to be ok.
I live with my symptoms daily. The anxiety is rough. The mania is enticing. The depression is dangerous. But I survive and you can too. I want to encourage you to keep going until you find your path. There is hope.
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Maintaining a relationship is hard enough without the added challenges of your partner’s bipolar disorder symptoms. Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder offers information and step-by-step advice for helping your partner manage mood swings and impulsive actions, allowing you to finally focus on enjoying your relationship while also taking time for yourself. This book explains the symptoms of your partner’s disorder and offers strategies for preventing them and responding to these symptoms when they do occur.
This updated edition includes a new section about the medications your partner may be taking so that you can understand the side effects and help monitor his or her bipolar treatment. As a supportive partner, you deserve support yourself. This book will help you create a more balanced, fulfilling relationship.
Improve your relationship by learning how to:
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Most people diagnosed with bipolar disorder are sent home with the name of a doctor and a bag of medications. However, only 20% of those with the illness are able to gain long term control over their lives with medication alone. Now, bipolar disorder expert Julie A. Fast, who was diagnosed with the illness at age 31, and specialist John Preston, Psy.D., have developed an effective program that helps readers promote stability, reduce the risk of suicide, increase work ability, decrease health care costs, and improve relationships. The book guides those with bipolar disorder and their loved ones toward a comprehensive personal treatment plan by incorporating:
- medications and supplements
- lifestyle changes
- behavior modifications
- guidelines on assembling an effective support team.
By helping readers gather these powerful resources, TAKE CHARGE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER delivers a dynamic program to treat this dangerous, but ultimately manageable illness.
Compelling, insightful and never afraid to tell the truth , many of Julie’s readers credit this book as being their personal catalyst for change. “When I read this book I actually felt that someone really understood me, and it made me feel hope for the first time since my diagnosis. I didn’t know what it meant to be psychotic or why I got overwhelmed a lot in crowds. I learned how to manage mania much better than in the past. And now I can see that I’m not the only one who wakes up with depression. Julie is funny and so willing to say what many people won’t. This book talks about the stuff we go through that never gets put into books. The book is like reading fables. It’s not overwhelming, but you really learn a lot.”
Shake the blues away.
Everyone knows that depression can lead to guilt, sadness, frustration, and in the case of 15-20% of people with depression, suicide. Because we live in a culture that rewards (and often worships) productivity, when a depressed person can't meet the expectations of society, the depression becomes worse and a vicious cycle begins. The goal of Getting Things Done When You're Depressed is to break this cycle. Readers will learn:
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- How to structure your environment so you can work more easily
- How to work with others
- How to prevent depression