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Bestselling Mental Health Author, Speaker and Coach

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Meet Julie A. Fast

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, cannabis and mental health and the daily management of serious mental illness. 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.


What’s New with Julie A. Fast



Is Kanye West Just a Grandiose, Attention-Seeking Rapper?  The difference between bragging and grandiose manic/psychosis. 

Julie writes about Kanye West and Bipolar Disorder for Psychology Today.


“For those who don’t understand bipolar disorder, his behavior appears similar to the bragging grandiosity cultivated in the rapping world. For those of us in the bipolar world, we can easily see the signs of mania and psychosis. How can the general public tell that this is bipolar disorder and not just his rap artist persona looking for publicity and attention?

By understanding the typical patterns of bipolar disorder and how profoundly different manic/psychosis is from the much loved and cultivated bragging of the creative rapper.”

Click here to read the article about Kanye and Bipolar Disorder.


Julie talks with Hilaria Baldwin and Daphne Oz about Bipolar Disorder on the Mom Brain Podcast. 

I just recorded a very, very interesting and eye opening Mom Brain podcast with Hilaria Baldwin and Daphne Oz on the topic of childhood mental health. They created such a warm and inviting space in their New York studio. We addressed many of the concerns parents have about children and the brain:

How do I talk to my child about bipolar disorder in the family tree?

What is the difference between a rowdy little boy and a little boy who needs medical help?


How does a parent know the difference between hormonal teens and a teen who is struggling with mental health symptoms?

How do you talk with kids about cannabis marijuana without them shutting you down?

What can a parent do to prevent serious mental health symptoms?

How do we talk with kids about suicide?

And SO much more. These topics are tough and they are serious, but we can talk about them openly and from an early age. Thanks again to Daphne and Hilaria for providing such an opening and welcoming platform to talk about this much needed subject.  Click here to listen to the Mom Brain Podcast with Julie Fast.   You can visit the Mom Brain Instagram page as well as the Mom Brain Facebook page for more information about Hilaria and Daphne.


Julie’s BipolarHappens.com blog voted best bipolar blog by Healthline.com. 



Julie’s blog is the original bipolar disorder blog. First published in 2002, it’s the longest running bipolar disorder blog on the web. Click here to visit the blog and read Julie’s latest work.

Bipolar Disorder and Cannabis: A Balanced Perspective with Julie A. Fast

Julie is not teaching the workshop at this time. Please visit her Facebook page Julie A. Fast  for her latest classes. Parents can join The Stable Table on Facebook for more information. Partners are invited to join The Stable Bed on Facebook. Health care professionals are welcome on both pages.

  A class on bipolar disorder and marijuana for parents and partners in Portland, Oregon

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.

Julie has ten+ years of personal and professional experience around the topic of bipolar disorder and cannabis. She is regularly interviewed on the topic and is known for her balanced view on marijuana and bipolar.  She recently provided information for an article on the topic on PsychCom:

Medical Marijuana for Schizophrenia: Weighing the Risks and Benefits

If you are a partner or family member who is not in the Portland are, please 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 Facebook at 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 can join Julie on The Stable Table.


Julie A. Fast and the Health Central Web Page






Click here to read her articles on bipolar disorder, psychosis, bipolar and sleep, cannabis and bipolar, Epigenetics, DMDD and more. 

Julie A. Fast Writes for Psychology Today

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. The book will be published soon.

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. This book is in the process and will be released in 2019. If you would like to talk to Julie about bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders in children, please visit her Parent and Partner coaching page.



Julie A. Fast Bipolar Happens Blog wins Best Individual Blog







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





Julie A. Fast Speaks at Oxford Union in Oxford England



Topic: The Student Mental Health Crisis – What Next? 

 “Twenty five percent 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 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.’


kanye-singingJulie 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. She recently wrote a blog for partners who are in a similar position to Kim Kardashian. 



Mental Health and Bipolar Disorder 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/ONLINE: 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.

Recent Interviews:

Medical Marijuana for Schizophrenia: Weighing the Risks and Benefits PsychCom

Let’s Tall Mental Health: The Real Reasons Mental Health is Still a Taboo Entity Magazine.

Inside Carrie Fisher’s Revolutionary Openness About Her Mental Illness: ‘She Changed the World’  People Magazine

Kanye West Let out a Cry for Help: We Just Weren’t Listening Good Health

TELEVISION:  Julie talks Kids and Mental Health Issues on TV in Portland, Oregon


“Most kids throw tantrums or jump on the couch. But if your child can’t calm down, even escalates the tantrum or keeps jumping after repeatedly being told no, that could be the sign of a brain issue, especially if it’s a pattern that repeats time after time. Author and mental health advocate Julie Fast joined us to talk about kids with mental health issues differ from stable children and why we need to destigmatize seeking help for brain health.”  Click here to watch the video of Julie A. Fast on Portland TV. 



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 850,000 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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