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 of your mood swings as a goal. This helps me find success. [ 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 year. Long term change- such as a 75% reduction in depression symptoms takes time. [ Read More ]
Click below to listen to the Bipolar Disorder 101 coaching call where I condense my bipolar disorder knowledge into one hour. We had over 100 people on the original call- now it can reach even more people. You can listen online or download the MP3 to any handheld device. Here’s a quote from one of the listeners:
“Julie, how did you get so much information about bipolar disorder into one call? It’s the first time my son has ever made it through a whole recording about his diagnosis. I could tell that hearing the facts from someone who struggles as much as he does with bipolar really made a difference. Thank you! I was crying and didn’t want him to know, but it was happy crying. This is the FIRST time he has done anything with me related to his illness. I have hope now [ 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 clients are going through while we are working together. Bipolar [ Read More ]
Bipolar Disorder and College: What Parents NEED to Know…. by Julie A. Fast
University life is basically a petri dish for growing bipolar disorder symptoms. I’ll be blunt. People with bipolar disorder tend to have trouble in a college setting. As you surely know, this has zero to do with intelligence and school ability and has everything to do with sleep changes, new relationships, an often out of control drinking and drug culture, familial expectations, grade pressures and for many, being away from home for the first time.
If your child goes to school without a plan to manage bipolar disorder, the illness will probably start to manage your child.
Three Success Strategies to Manage Bipolar Disorder in a University Setting Here are three strategies you can use immediately to prepare for this big change in your child’s life. 1. Contact disability service and see [ Read More ]
My motto to TREAT BIPOLAR DISORDER FIRST was put to the test recently in a way I never imagined. I currently live 20 minutes from the Nice terrorist attack in France and spent a long day of ups and downs in this beautiful country that I love so much.
I’ve noticed that people with bipolar disorder are often curious world travelers who have strong opinions on the world. This serves us well when we are stable and may be one of the reasons so many of us write books!
In exactly the opposite way, this characteristic can also be a ticket to disaster as it’s hard for us to turn off this curiosity in order to protect our bipolar disorder stability. I know all about the anxiety created by an obsessive following of the latest world disaster. My mind takes off in a [ Read More ]