Three Tips to manage depression and suicidal thoughts with or without medications: Guest blogger Douglas Bloch shares the management system that saved his life

Douglas BlochA note from Julie: I’ve known Douglas from the mental health community here in Portland, Oregon in the US for over ten years. I knew he would be the perfect guest blogger as he offers so many effective resources. I like that Douglas goes to trainings- he offers so much of his information for free- he is a true example of what he writes about and he saves lives! When someone like Douglas offers his email to the public, he means it. So drop him a line! I especially enjoy his videos. They are on tough topics, but are very accessible! Take it away Douglas….

My name is Douglas Bloch. I’m an author and depression survivor. For all of my adult life, I’ve battled a treatment resistant depression and anxiety that would not respond to medication. Fortunately, after much [ Read More ]

Accepting New Family Member and Partner Coaching Clients

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Five 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 practice has room for new clients. I take new clients about once a month-and then help them as best I can. It’s a partnership that saves relationships and often lives.

Coaching is not for everyone, but if you are concerned [ Read More ]

Bipolar Happens! is #1 on the Kindle!

BHenhanced 65Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder is 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 #1.

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 tell stories about how it affects [ Read More ]

Upcoming BP Magazine Blog. Partner of a Person with Bipolar Disorder? There is hope. There is help.. even in the most desperate situations.

julie fast blog threeHi Guys- I originally posted this for the blog, but realized it was so good it needed to go on my BP Magazine blog, so it will be up soon and I will post the BP Mag link here. I can offer some tips now if you are a partner of someone with bipolar disorder who drinks- to hold you over until the blog is posted!

1. Create an alcohol free zone in the house. It’s easy for the person with bipolar to take over the house when they get drunk. If you make it a rule that they can only drink in the garage or the back yard for example, it frees up your house which in turn frees up your mind so that you can think of how to handle the problem. This may seem silly, but I assure [ Read More ]

Ten FACTS I’ve Learned from Coaching Family Members and Partners of People with Bipolar Disorder

b fatherI’ve been a coach for family members and partners of people with bipolar disorder for over five years. I’ve learned a LOT in this time that I rarely see in books or online. I’d like to share this with you. It’s not completely scientific as it’s from my own research. I’ve talked with thousands of family members and partners since starting BipolarHappens.com in 2002, so the pool of information is very large.

1. People with bipolar disorder go to college at a much higher rate than the national average.

2. The pot, marijuana, weed, etc on the market today is much, much higher in THC than in the past and can cause psychosis in people with bipolar disorder. People are talking about this now- I didn’t learn about it until working with a family whose son had a lot of psychosis and was [ Read More ]

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 ]

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