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 ]
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
(Please send an email to Julie Fast books at gmail for enrollment information.)
BIPOLAR DISORDER AND MARIJUANA: A Group Coaching [ Read More ]
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 ]
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 ]
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.
Hortensia and the Magical Brain introduces a therapeutic poetry technique that helps parents, caregivers and health care professionals lovingly talk with a child and create an open and healthy conversation around early onset mental health disorders. The poems cover the mean and nasty, scary and suicidal, angry and elated, sad and over the top thoughts and behaviors children with mental health concerns regularly experience.
Let’s shine a light on these NORMAL mental health symptoms and teach kids that they are often a result of brain chemicals that can be fixed though lifestyle changes and if needed, medical help.
This is a beautifully crafted, hard back book that was created for kids whose brains aren’t always on track. Just like mine!
Please visit our Hortensia Kickstarter page to read more about this amazing book. Pledges start at $1 and everyone receives a fun reward as a thank you!
Julie [ Read More ]