(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.)
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 disorder is like a puzzle. It’s not always easy to find [ Read More ]
Dr. Fred Von Guten Shares His Personal Story of Dealing with and Overcoming Bipolar Disorder
The following is a guest post by Dr. Fred Von Gunten, a retired Optometrist specializing in developmental and behavioral vision for more than 33 years, and the author of The Power of Positivity for Bipolar and Anyone Else, a book in which he explores the challenges of living with bipolar disorder and his ultimate achievement of episode-free stability. Dr. Von Gunten can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and invites readers to follow him on Facebook at Promoting the Power of Positivity and his Personal Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/fred.vongunten.
I wrote this article to help others understand what bipolar is like and that living episode-free is possible using [ Read More ]
Do you have plans for the Festive Season? Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? NOW is a great time to work out who you will see and where you will be. We are social creatures- as seen by the Santa mob below. If you have a tendency to isolate and not take care of your needs during the holidays, what can you do differently this year? If you usually get overwhelmed and burn out during the holiday seasons, what can you do to voice your absolute right to say NO to what you can’t or simply don’t want to do? [ Read More ]
Bipolar Happens: 35 Tips and Tricks to Manage Bipolar Disorder is often 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 doing well on Amazon.
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 [ Read More ]
Bipolar disorder is episodic. This means that what you are going through today will not last. I remind myself of this when the mood swings are raging. I take myself back to when I was stable and remember that episodes end.
I work on myself while I am in an episode to get back to stability. It takes the majority of my time.
My work suffers. I isolate. I cry in frustration at what this illness does to me.
But, this is so much better than not helping myself. It’s so much better to know what I am up against than to wonder what is wrong with me.
There is NOTHING wrong with me. I have a physical illness called bipolar disorder and I do what I can do get back to stability when [ Read More ]
It takes a lot longer to worry about getting things done than it does to actually finish a project. This is something I’ve taught myself over the years. As I work on my new book, I have to remind myself to his daily. If I let myself, I would worry more than I would write.
Isn’t amazing how this illness can distort our thoughts to the point we don’t even know who we are anymore?
Isn’t it shocking that we can be fine one day and then suddenly the world turns to black and white and all that was once joyful turns to sand?
It blows my mind that I can be someone who doesn’t worry on one day and then wake up and the worry has taken over my life.
Yes. It is [ Read More ]