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Bestselling Mental Health Author, Speaker and Coach

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Meet Julie

Julie MHA 2007

Julie receives the Mental Health American Journalism award for the best mental health column in the US.

Julie A. Fast is a world leading mental health expert on the topics of bipolar disorder, depression and schizoaffective disorder.  She is the bestselling author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder, Get it Done When You’re Depressed, Bipolar Happens! and The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. Julie is a critically acclaimed national speaker, family and partner coach and sought after media source on the topic of mental health management including violent behavior and mental health. Julie was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder II (two) with psychotic features in 1995. If diagnosed today, Julie would have a schizoaffective disorder diagnosis. Julie currently helps people understand the relationship between cannabis and bipolar disorder.


What’s New with Julie A. Fast? 


The Bipolar Disorder and Cannabis Workshop with Julie A. Fast

A class for parents, partners and health care professionals.

Join Julie and learn more about the interaction of cannabis with bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder.

This dynamic and timely classes teaches: 1) How THC and CBD affect bipolar disorder.  2) How to calmly talk to a child or partner about cannabis use. 3)  A harm reduction plan you can start today for life long results.   Relationships can be saved.  Visit Julie’s coaching page to set up a time to talk about cannabis and bipolar disorder. Please visit Julie on Facebook.  For bipolar and schizoaffective information visit Julie A. Fast.   If you are a partner, please visit Julie’s closed Facebook group for partners called The Stable Bed. Parents, family members, friends and health care professionals, join Julie on The Stable Table.

Julie’s most recent Psychology Today Blog

Why Psychiatric Drugs Don’t Cause Mass Shootings: How the NRA Seeks to Pivot the Conversation Away from Gun Control



Rock Star Suicides: Let’s Stop Talking about Demons and Start Talking about Illness

As a society, we can recognize the symptoms of artists who are depressed and get them into treatment instead of raising up their tortured art and then wondering why they die.

Rock star suicides are nothing new. I’m reminded of Ian Curtis, Michael Hutchence, and Kurt Cobain. I recently wrote an article about the death of Chris Cornell, and sadly, I now write about the death of Chester Bennington of Linking Park….

Click here to read Rock Star Suicides: Let’s Stop Talking about Demons and Start Talking about Illness.

Julie writes about Chris Cornell for the Huffington Post Blog:

 I loved Chris Cornell. His suicide doesn’t fit with our typical idea of why people kill themselves. I share my story of medication induced suicidal episodes and pose the idea that we need to look at suicide as a chemical brain reaction that is no different than a stroke or a heart attack. Then, we can get people help in the moment and save the people we love.  RIP Chris Cornell.

Click here to read Julie’s Huffington Post Article on Chris Cornel: When Suicide Doesn’t Make Sense


Julie’s upcoming book, Hortensia and the Magical Brain: Poems for Kids with Bipolar, Anxiety, Psychosis and Depression reached the funding goal on Kickstarter.

About the book…

Julie A. Fast is a mental health author who wants to positively change the world for parents, care givers, teachers and health care professionals who care about children with early childhood onset mental health disorders. For the past 20 years, her books, speaking and coaching have focused on helping teenagers and adults with bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, psychotic and personality disorders find stability.  Hortensia and the Magical Brain: Poems for Kids with Bipolar, Anxiety, Depression and Psychosis is her first book for children ages 4-12. It includes intelligent rhymes, beautiful illustrations and a management plan for adults at the back of the book. Click here to read more about the project.


Julie’s Blog Bipolar Happens! wins the best individual bipolar disorder blog on the internet award from Healthline.com.



 Julie recently spoke at Oxford University at the Oxford Union in England.  



Topic: The Student Mental Health Crisis – What Next?   “25% of adults suffer from mental health conditions; this figure doubles among Oxford students. Many believe that drastic action is needed to respond to this crisis in care, engaging with both the general stigma and failing institutions.”

As a person who flunked out of my first college due to my untreated mental health disorder, I’m passionately committed to helping students succeed in school.  I eventually received a degree eight years after I started. It doesn’t have to be this hard.  Universities, parents, students, health care professionals and teachers can band together and create a system that works for those of us who need extra assistance to get our degrees. I also want to encourage those of us who have gained weight or experienced physical changes in life to still get out there and shine. Our message matters!


Julie was recently interviewed by People Magazine about Carrie Fisher and how she changed the world of mental health. Click here to read Inside Carrie Fisher’s Revolutionary Openness About Her Mental Illness: ‘She Changed the World.’




Julie was interviewed for an article in Good Magazine,  Kanye West Let Out a Cry for Help, We Just Weren’t Listening by Kristin Marguerite Doidge. Julie was asked, Does Kanye West have bipolar disorder? Her answer is explained in this balanced and compassionate piece on celebrity, creativity and mental health symptoms.



Mental Health Media Consultant

Magazine_collageHOMELAND: An Emmy winning show staring Claire Danes on Showtime.

Julie Fast was the original consultant for Claire Danes and her character on Homeland. Click here to read what Claire says about playing a character with bipolar disorder.



MAGAZINE: Julie regularly appears in publications such as People Magazine and US Weekly on the topics of depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder and other issues relating to mental health. She is also a regular guest on many television and radio programs. For more information on Julie’s media experience and availability, please visit the press/media center page.

Click on the title link to read my interview on Why is it so Hard to Help Amanda Bynes? from People Magazine Online.


Mental Health Website Expert

OPRAH: Julie ozpra webA. Fast is now a bipolar disorder management specialist on the Oprah and Dr. Oz created website ShareCare.com. It’s a very unique concept. Readers ask questions directly on the site. The questions then go out to the experts in a category, such as Dr. Oz on the topic of a healthy heart or Julie on the topic of bipolar disorder. Each question is answered by an expert in the field from different perspectives including medical doctors, naturopaths and researchers to those with a professional and personal connection to the category – such as Julie. Visit ShareCare.com to learn more about Julie’s work on the site.



Bestselling Author

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Julie is the author of Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: a Four Step Plan to Help You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability, Get it Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track and Bipolar Happens! 35 Stories to Help You Manage Bipolar Disorder Successfully.

She is also the creator of The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder. Julie uses this management plan daily to stay well enough to work, have successful relationships and move forward in life.  The Cards work for those with bipolar disorder whether on or off medications and anyone who cares about someone with the illness.

To read more about Julie’s books please visit www.BipolarHappens.com.

Update: Julie’s book Get it Done When You’re Depressed was the #1 book in the depression category on Amazon for the first three months of 2015!  She often has three top ten books in the bipolar disorder category.

Nationally Recognized Mental Health Speaker

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Julie speaks on a variety of mental health topics as a workshop leader, headline speaker, and keynote presenter. Her energetic and compelling talks always include many personal anecdotes and inspiring stories that both entertain as well as challenge her audiences to think deeply about the issue of mental health from both a personal and societal perspective. Julie headlined the DBSA “The Power of Peers” Conference in Norfolk, Virginia and presented at the NAMI National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Julie regularly speaks to mental health organizations, faith based communities, mental health professionals and the general public.

Julie recently gave the keynote presentation for the annual Skyland Trail fundraising lunch in Atlanta, Georgia.

Worried about a loved one? Click here to read more about Skyland Trail.

Julie held a session with family members and partners the night before the event and then delighted the crowd with funny and poignant stories from her life.  A note from Julie, “Skyland Trail is the most welcoming, progressive, innovative and caring residential psychiatric facility I’ve ever visited.  It gave me hope for the future of mental health treatment and I look forward to working together on future projects.

bp Magazine Columnist and Blogger










Julie is the original columnist for bp Magazine, the only magazine to focus exclusively on bipolar disorder research, treatment, inspirational stories and daily management. She is also a weekly blogger for the Bp Magazine website. Click here to read her blog, Three Bipolar Disorder Symptoms No One Wants to Talk About, that became the most view and shared blog in the magazine’s history with over 550,000 views.  Julie won the Mental Health America Excellence in Journalism award for her work in the magazine.


Family and Partner Coach

Julie is a professional coach who works with family members and partners Coaching_collageof a loved one with bipolar disorder. Her direct and supportive approach helps her clients find immediate relief from stressful situations while assisting them in developing a practical plan to maintain stable and healthy relationships. More details are found on the family and partner coaching page.

Teenager with Bipolar Disorder?

Click here to read a post for teenagers.

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