Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder is often the #1 Bipolar Disorder book on the Kindle.
That’s exciting. I went to the Kindle store to see how my books Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder and Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder were doing on the bipolar disorder page. These books are in the top ten ranking- and then I saw that Bipolar Happens! was doing well on Amazon.
Fantastic! Bipolar Happens! is an enjoyable book about a serious topic.
Guess what- it’s only $.99 I want it to be available to everyone.
Yes, I think this is a great deal and a good way to get helpful information about bipolar disorder at minimum cost. Bipolar Happens! was my first book. I knew I wanted to talk about how I manage the [ Read More ]
(A note from Julie: I specialize in crisis coaching that eventually becomes a management plan for the whole family. My work is extremely discrete. I never share my client list and offer help even when change feels impossible. Over half of my coaching work now involves helping family members and partners understand the effects of marijuana on bipolar disorder. You are not alone. Coaching works.)
Many years ago, I started coaching partners and family members of people with bipolar disorder as an addition to my writing career.
I never thought I would find work that I enjoy as much as I enjoy coaching. I feel at home with the parents and partners as I have been where they are- and I remain calm during the crises that many of my [ Read More ]
Bipolar disorder is episodic. This means that what you are going through today will not last. I remind myself of this when the mood swings are raging. I take myself back to when I was stable and remember that episodes end.
I work on myself while I am in an episode to get back to stability. It takes the majority of my time.
My work suffers. I isolate. I cry in frustration at what this illness does to me.
But, this is so much better than not helping myself. It’s so much better to know what I am up against than to wonder what is wrong with me.
There is NOTHING wrong with me. I have a physical illness called bipolar disorder and I do what I can do get back to stability when [ Read More ]
It takes a lot longer to worry about getting things done than it does to actually finish a project. This is something I’ve taught myself over the years. As I work on my new book, I have to remind myself to his daily. If I let myself, I would worry more than I would write.
Isn’t amazing how this illness can distort our thoughts to the point we don’t even know who we are anymore?
Isn’t it shocking that we can be fine one day and then suddenly the world turns to black and white and all that was once joyful turns to sand?
It blows my mind that I can be someone who doesn’t worry on one day and then wake up and the worry has taken over my life.
Yes. It is [ Read More ]
My bipolar depression episode has ended. It was three weeks and it was a humdinger. Here is a picture of a humdinger. I can’t stress enough that the BEST thing about bipolar disorder is that it’s an episodic illness. Episodes end. Every day I would wake up and say, “This is the day I get out of this horrific episode.” Eventually it worked. I spent at least four to five hours a day working on bipolar disorder management tools I know have worked in the past. Especially the strategies in Get it Done When You’re Depressed. You can get better. Your loved one can get better. Your client can get better. My depressions used to last for years. They now last weeks at the most. Think of reducing the length [ Read More ]
Bipolar depression getting you down? My goal every day is to go to bed feeling better than when I woke up. I find this goal attainable when I’m in a deep depression. If I set my goal too high- such as not being depressed at all when I go to bed, I’m often disappointed. But… if the goal is to get better throughout the day, it’s always attainable. My down swings are less than 25% of what they used to be. This is due to medications that work and my plan to do something each day to get better. I started this plan 20 years ago and it started bearing fruit many years later. If you start today and make small changes, you life WILL be better year by [ Read More ]