(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 ]
A Christmas Cake from the amazing Alana Jones Mann
Here are some ideas: 1.Know you are not alone. I have spent many lonely holidays simply from not planning ahead. 2. Remove yourself from the idea of what this day SHOULD be like and focus on what you can make happen from this moment forward. Holidays are stressful because even though they are simply a day on the calendar, society puts enormous stress on what we should be doing on that day. Step out of this and create something of your own. 3. If there is time, plan something now. Call a person you think might be available. It you were invited to a party and said no because you were depressed, call and say you’re coming. If, and this is [ Read More ]
Julie A. Fast talks with her 14 year old nephew David about bipolar disorder. She started the conversations when he was four.
A note from Julie: It amazes me how easily David and I can talk about such a serious illness. I started off by educating him on my own depression, mania, anxiety and psychosis symptoms so that he could better understand my behavior. Now he is one of the greatest minds I know on the topic! He has so much insight. We can teach young people how to talk about and manage this illness. David doesn’t currently have bipolar disorder, but we have talked about the genetics of having it in the family. I hope you enjoy our discussion on how to talk about bipolar disorder in an open and relaxed way.
This [ Read More ]
From Bp Magazine. Here is one of the best posts I have read in a LONG time. By Demitri Papolos, MD who wrote The Bipolar Child. A very common symptom of bipolar disorder— hypersexuality — is one that particularly affects and disturbs the families of children who have the illness, and yet is rarely talked about.
By Demitri Papolos, MD
Hypersexuality in children is rarely openly discussed for two reasons: one is that sexuality in children (bipolar or not) is simply not spoken about in public; and the other, sadly, is that parents of hypersexual children are afraid to mention the subject. They are petrified that child protective service agencies will [ Read More ]
Avoid The Bipolar Conversation:
3 Strategies for Successful Communication When Your Loved One or Client is in a Mood Swing
A Free Phone-In Event with bestselling author and coach Julie A. Fast.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
2:00 PM PST
5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM London, England GMT
What if you could learn to recognize a loved one’s or client’s mood swings from the beginning and create a communication plan that works even when a person is ill? It is possible when you use the strategies from Julie’s books Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder and Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder.
In this complimentary call, Julie will show you how to not only recognize a mood swing before it goes [ Read More ]
Just answered this great question from reader and advocate Judy Fryer on my live chat with Martin Baker and Fran Houston for the launch of their new book High Tide, Low Tide: The Caring Friend’s Guide to Bipolar Disorder. (I often do live question and answer sessions on my Julie A. Fast Facebook account.)
Julie, In the UK, the drs are very reluctant to diagnose children with a mental illness. It is very difficult to discern if a child is displaying signs of mental illness or being ‘naughty’. The danger is, we put their ‘ bad’ behaviour down to puberty and we miss the signs. Any pointers as what to look out for?”
The first step is to examine the family history and see if the child has symptoms that were [ Read More ]