Caught in the Borg of Depression

Hopefully, when I share my struggles with bipolar, psychosis and anxiety you can feel less alone with what you go through.

I write books on mental health management. I have all of the tools you can possibly imagine at my finger tips. I do everything you read in my books. My relationships are non contentious. I ask for help when needed. I know my symptoms and I have a plan for stability.

And I still get sick! Darn it! This nasty illness is so sneaky and like The Borg it sucks the life out of me!

That is the nature of mental illness. There are positives of course. I am 75% better than in the past.

But the [ Read More ]

Julie, What are the side effects of lithium? What is lithium orotate?

I want to stress that all drugs have potential side effects- even natural salts like lithium. Side effects are NOT the same for everyone. I have friends who have been on lithium for over 30 years with little to no side effects and normal kidney function. There there are people like myself who get great relief from lithium, but can’t take it regularly due to side effects. Common lithium side effects include a very strong thirst, lethargy and a dull feeling in the mind. It can affect reading ability and writing. Memory can be a problem as well. Weight gain and increased hunger are also side effects. The most serious side effect in my book is APATHY. This means the person on [ Read More ]

Bipolar Disorder and Marijuana: A Class for Parents

Parent of a child with bipolar disorder who is concerned about marijuana? I have two spaces available in my next bipolar disorder and marijuana education class.

This class provides an overview of how marijuana can affect those of us with bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and anxiety. I share my harm reduction plan that can lovingly be used by the whole family to learn how to manage mental health when pot is in the picture.

 

Here is the information on the class:

MASTERCLASS: Bipolar Disorder and Marijuana

pot safety

(Please send an email to Julie Fast books at gmail for enrollment information.)

BIPOLAR DISORDER AND MARIJUANA: A Group Coaching [ Read More ]

I Will Not Lie in Bed When I’m Depressed. I will help others and feel better!

 

If helping others helps depression, what is something you can do from the depths of depression to help someone in need?

– You don’t have to feel good about helping someone. – You don’t have to be motivated. – You don’t have to have energy at all.

Pick one thing, do it and report back about doing it. That is all I am asking for today’s research.

I’m going to be nice to myself. I got in bed again and binged on a British police procedural. This is my go to depression behavior on the rough days. But I stopped after 30 minutes as really- watching murder mysteries is not a good depression management technique. HEHE.

I’m not depressed [ Read More ]

How do you get someone in your life to accept help for a mental health disorder?

This is a question I hear ever time I give a talk on bipolar disorder and mental health in general. My answer always surprises people.

I believe we help others find stability by stating our needs clearly along with the message that all relationships are reciprocal.

Then, the person can decide to listen or not listen. To participate or not participate. To change or not change.

People change when they want to. Nothing we do will EVER get another person to change. When we know our needs and state them clearly, the people in our lives can join us or leave us.

It is up to them.

If our needs are based off of kindness, personal growth and a healthy [ Read More ]

Julie’s Bestselling Bipolar Disorder Book is on Sale!

Big news! Amazon often does sales on bestselling books. Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder is currently on sale for the print copy. This is the book I recommend for all people who want to understand the basics of bipolar disorder.

This is the book where I introduced the idea of trigger management, symptoms lists, the bipolar conversation, time changes and how they affect bipolar disorder and how to create a health care TEAM.

It’s a great book for family members and health care professionals as well.

Click here to read more about Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder.

Julie

 

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