Julie A. Fast
JULIE A. FAST is a critically acclaimed international author, researcher, educator and sought after expert in the mental health field. She is regarded as a mental health pioneer for her groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to treating bipolar disorder, unipolar depression, anxiety and schizoaffective disorder using both mainstream and self created management strategies. Her international bestselling books include: - Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner - Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A Four Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability - Getting it Done When You're Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track Julie was the original consultant for Claire Danes and her TV series Homeland on Showtime. Julie is a family and partner coach for those who love someone with bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns (www.JulieFast.com), writes a column for BP Magazine (www.BPHope.com), blogs for Psychology Today and the Huffington Post and has a popular blog and parent and partner newsletter at (www.BipolarHappens.com/bhBlog). Julie runs The Stable Table group for parents and caregivers of loved ones with bipolar on Facebook and The Stable Bed for partners. Julie also trains pharmacists, psychiatric residents, social workers, alternative health care practitioners, general physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists and many more health care professionals on the topics of depression, bipolar disorder and psychosis management. Julie speaks regularly on the topic of cannabis and how it interacts with bipolar disorder. You can find her on FaceBook at the Julie A. Fast and Julie A. Fast Books pages and Twitter @JulieBipolar. She also has many popular You Tube videos on mental health topics including her recent event at Oxford University. Julie is on Instagram @JulieFast Julie's books have sold over 500,000 copies. Julie's Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis Julie was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder II in 1995 at the age of thirty-one, after she had unknowingly lived with the disorder for over fourteen challenging and chaotic years. In 1998, three years after the diagnosis and twenty-three medications later, she found herself at a life-or-death crossroads: The medications were not enough and the quality of her life had spiraled downward with unhealthy relationships, work problems, weight gain, a loss of dreams and money issues as a result. This experience became the inspiration behind the treatment plan found in all of her books. If diagnosed today, Julie would receive a schizoaffective disorder diagnosis as she also lives with a psychotic disorder. A note from Julie: Do you care about someone with a mental health disorder? Do you have mental health disorder symptoms? I want to let you know it's going to be ok. I live with my symptoms daily. The anxiety is rough. The mania is enticing. The depression is dangerous. But I survive and you can too. I want to encourage you to keep going until you find your path. There is hope. JulieRead more Read less
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