Writing 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 ]
Hospitals Can Really Help
It’s important to remember that hospitals are often a good place for people with bipolar disorder. Many people hear the words, You have bipolar disorder, for the first time when they are in the hospital. It’s a safe place to get such life changing news.
I know this is how it was for me. My partner Ivan went into the hospital in 1994 before I had any idea of what bipolar disorder really meant. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder I (one). The next year I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder II (two) and spent time in a hospital day program in Seattle. So many people see the hospital as a bad place- I see it as a healing place for those of us with this illness. Of course, our goal is to create a plan so we [ Read More ]
Continued from Thanksgiving part one…..
My friend Margery who has bipolar disorder just called and told me that her sister has decided to come down to Portland instead of staying in Seattle. Sherri said, “I cooked dinner a few years ago, Julie. I’m not spending days cooking for something that is gone in a few hours. It’s too stressful!” I agree. Margery just reserved a full Thanksgiving dinner from Whole foods. She said it was so cheap when everyone went in on it. They bought less than they thought they needed and it was plenty of food. These stores have great and inexpensive salad bars as well.
I’d like to say I’m immune to the whole Thanksgiving thing- but I’m not. I have to make sure I have something to do that day or I know I will get [ Read More ]
Let’s Make Thanksgiving Great This Year!
There is a commercial on the radio where I live here in Portland, Oregon that always makes me laugh. It says… ‘Beware of the holiday horrors! Buy all of your holiday presents now, the day after Thanksgiving and save yourself the stress of waiting until the last minute!” Can’t wait. I stopped giving presents years ago. (I talk about this a lot on the blog, so luckily I will miss this sale!)
As a person with bipolar disorder or a person who cares about someone with the illness, there is a chance you have had some difficult holidays. Is this true?
I hear people laughing all the way to the Starbucks [ Read More ]
Bipolar 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 ]
I woke up feeling ok this morning. I am very much looking forward to watching soccer with my friends. (It’s the Champion’s League game with Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund for any football fans out there!)
I have my morning planned out so that I can get my work done before and after the match. The weather is nice and I actually got to sleep rather easily last night! All good stuff.
Then, as I was walking to Starbucks where I am doing my email, I started to have these thoughts:
“Something is not right. I am in the wrong place. My clothes look funny. I am not as great as I think I am. Things will not work out for me. Other people have it so much easier. Something is wrong.”
If you have bipolar disorder, you know that these quick mood swings can be actual thoughts that you can identify- or they are simply [ Read More ]