Bipolar Happens! is in the Top Ten of Bipolar Disorder Books on the Kindle!

BHenhanced 65Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder is in the top ten of Bipolar Disorder books 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 up there as well.

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 illness, but I also wanted to [ Read More ]

Tips to Get Things Done When You Have Bipolar Disorder!

Get it done pink listHow I get things done … on the days it’s hard to even get out of bed!

One of my strategies in Get it Done When You’re Depressed says- we usually worry much longer about getting something done than the time it actually takes to do the project. How true. I’ve recently worried for over a week about a project that I finally did this morning in a very short amount of time.

I’m a columnist for the wonderful Bp Magazine. I love writing the column and am very proud of my work. I didn’t miss a deadline for over five years. Then, as my bipolar disorder got really bad a few years ago and I had to go back on meds, I found myself getting behind with my writing. It has been a challenge. I made my deadline for [ Read More ]

Get it Done When You’re Depressed: A letter from a reader


Hi Julie,

I’m writing to say thank you for Get it Done When You’re Depressed. I went through it really quickly because I was so excited to see myself described so well in a book. Was it written specifically for me? :)

I wanted to tell you about how I used two of the strategies today.

- It takes longer to worry about something than to do something

- If you have the money to get help- use it

My car has been disgusting for about three months now. I am probably being too harsh, but when your seat has some crushed potato chips just sitting there, things have to change. A few days ago, my 10 year old nephew said, “You need a new car Uncle Cole. This is embarrassing.”

The weird thing is [ Read More ]

Bp Magazine Blog: Can Coffee Cause Anxiety for People with Bipolar Disorder?

iced coffeeI Love Coffee- but my bipolar anxiety hates it…

I love the taste of coffee.

I sometimes let my guard down for real iced coffee. Not the decaf Americano iced coffee, but the kind of coffee that is cold brewed. Yum!

Click here to read the rest of my BP Magazine blog on the topic.

PS: Caffeine exacerbates the side effects of many bipolar disorder medications, especially those that are ‘activating’ such as Abilify and anti depressants such as Effexor, Prozac and Zoloft. But… to be honest, I was able to drink plenty of caffeine when I was on lithium as it was so sedating!

What is your experience with caffeine?

Another day lost to bipolar disorder… but the evening is mine!

lard jar

The day was tough. Here’s a blog on how I managed to work later in the evening!

Click here for my latest post for BP Magazine.


Accepting New Family and Partner Coaching Clients

b fatherWriting books on bipolar disorder has been my career for over ten years. I enjoy writing and plan to do a lot more. (It can be a challenge when the mood swings are paying a visit, that’s for sure.)

Over four years ago, I started coaching partners and family members of people with bipolar disorder as an addition to my writing career.

I never, ever 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 clients are going through while we are working together. Bipolar disorder is like a puzzle. It’s not always easy to find the right pieces on your own. It helps to have a coach as a guide.

My coaching [ Read More ]

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