Hello! I’m currently live on my Julie A. Fast Facebook page for the next few hours to answer your questions about mental health disorders including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, psychosis, borderline, ADD and medications.
I will also post the questions and answer here.
Julie, What do you do when your psychosis is raging, and manic/hypo manic. How do you manage your daily goals?
Let’s start at the beginning. We share the same symptoms as we both have bipolar disorder with psychosis. (The diagnosis is called schizoaffective disorder.) This means we have to deal with a lot of mood swings- sometimes all at once. I have an overall plan that I used for symptom management. This is in my books. Here is what I [ Read More ]
Have you experienced any of the following in the past few months?
– Slept less but felt more energized? Had the thought… sleep is a waste of time!
– Had the thought- Thank god the depression is gone, I feel SO much better! ?
– Felt like spending more? Drinking more? Are you behaving in a way that has people asking you what’s wrong and you want to reply- NOTHING! Don’t wreck my buzz man. Do you want me to be depressed forever?
– Do you feel more sexual than normal? Do you have sexual thoughts about anyone who is good looking? Do you fantasize in a way you don’t normally do when stable?
– Are you eating less than you normally do?
If you answer yes to any [ 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. You are not alone. Coaching works. Over 50% of my coaching clients come to me for help with a loved one who is using marijuana and having mood swings.)
Over six 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 [ Read More ]
Travel is exciting. Getting away from it all- the weather, no work, friends, beaches, family, new sights, languages, the exotic. It would be great if you could also take a vacation from bipolar disorder. Unfortunately this is not always possible. You may be someone who responds well to vacations and you actually get better mood wise. But for many, the stress of even the greatest vacation can create bipolar disorder symptoms. Luckily, there are strategies you can use to prevent these symptoms to ensure that your travels are the best they can be.
Bipolar disorder symptoms are triggered by outside events, especially those that affect sleep.
Travel can condense so many bipolar disorder triggers into a really short space of time. The triggers that may affect you over a year [ Read More ]
You are not your family. You are YOU. You are not what others say about you. You are YOU. You are not anyone’s image. You are YOU. As you go into the events that have a lot of family dynamics, remember who you are.
If being quiet works, then be quiet. If speaking out in a calm and loving way works, then speak out. But no matter what, remember that your body HOLDS you. It is not YOU. Your thoughts can sound true, but not be YOU.
Remembering who you are- what you want and what you need on a holiday is difficult, but possible.
We create our own families out of the people who treat us kindly. Being with family members who are not [ Read More ]
Bipolar disorder scatters my thoughts, causes panic attacks, makes me restless, leads to worry and basically disrupts my life on a regular basis. But, I still have to and want to work. Right now, I’m sitting down with a plan and would love for you to join me. For the next two hours, I am going to finish the work I need to do. I want to stand up, go to a movie, watch a video, read a book, talk with someone, eat junk food and pretty much anything else that would keep me from working. This makes little sense, but it’s my life with #moodswings. Here is my list of what I will do in the next two hours. Please join me on my Julie A. Fast Facebook [ Read More ]