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About Julie

Julie and Mr. Smith

Julie receiving the Mental Health American Journalism award for writing the best mental health column in the United States

Julie A. Fast is a world leading mental health expert on the topics of bipolar disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder 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 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. Her books have sold over 150,000 copies and her popular websites have received over one million visitors.

Exciting News for Partners!

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

Julie regularly appears in publications such as Self 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.

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.

Magazine Columnist

Julie is a contributing editor for BP Magazine. She writes a regular column on bipolar disorder focusing on mood swing management and how to maintain healthy friendships and family relationships. Presenting an honest, often humorous and yet realistic portrayal of what it’s like to have bipolar disorder, Julie was awarded the Mental Health American Journalism award for best mental health column in the United States.

Current work:  A book for teens with bipolar disorder. Click here to read a post for teenagers.