Welcome to the web page for bestselling mental health author, speaker and coach Julie A. Fast
Julie A. Fast is a world leading mental health expert on the topics of bipolar disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder, personality disorders and mood management. 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. Her books have sold over 250,000 copies and her popular websites have received over one million visitors. Julie was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder II (two) in 1995.
Summer, 2014 update: Listen below for Julie’s latest podcast on travel and bipolar disorder, Claire Danes and the life of a professional speaker.
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.
Julie will also start blogging for Psychology Today and Everyday Health this summer.
Julie’s #1 bestselling book Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner was just released in a second edition. This new edition has a much needed chapter on how partners can work together to find the right medications, deal with possible side effects and ultimately find a combination of medications and a management plan that works. Partners who refuse bipolar medications are also discussed. And most importantly, Dr. John Preston has added an extensive bipolar disorder medication and treatment appendix that is a must read for anyone affected by the illness. If you care about someone with bipolar disorder, the information in this book can save you years of worry and pain. The illness can be managed together. Why not start now!
The original book, with its orange cover has sold over 120,000 copies. If that many people need this book, then you are not alone in needing it yourself.
Julie A. 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.
Media Expert on the Topics of Bipolar Disorder, Drug Abuse Including Pot and Spice in Bipolar Disorder and Violence in Bipolar Disorder and other Mental Health Disorders
Julie regularly appears in publications such as Yahoo News, Newsweek, Self Magazine and US Weekly on the topics of depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder and other issues relating to bipolar disorder and mental health disorders in general. Julie is a regular interview contributor to PsychCentral.com. Click here to read an interview by Margarita Tartakovsky called “Bipolar Disorder: 6 Ways To Distinguish Between Yourself & Your Illness.” Click here to read Julie’s Reuters and Yahoo Finance interview on YOUR MONEY-When Bipolar Disorder Leads to Extreme Shopping. Click here to read Julie’s comments to Newsweek on dysphoric mania and the Colorado shooting incident: James Holmes Suggested He Suffered From ‘Dysphoric Mania’ Weeks Before Attack. Julie 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.
Nationally Recognized Mental Health Speaker
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.
Family and Partner Coach
Julie is a professional coach who works with family members and partners of 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.
Award Winning Magazine Columnist for BP Magazine
Julie has been an original columnist for BP Magazine since it’s opening issue. Julie won the Mental Health America excellence in journalism award for her columnist work in BP Magazine. Click here to read more about BP Magazine and to visit Julie’s BP Magazine Blog entry “Here’s What I Do When I Get Suicidal.”