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Julie A. Fast

Julie A. Fast is the 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 won the Mental Health America Journalism Award for the best mental health column in the U.S. and was the recipient of the Eli Lily Reintegration award for her work in bipolar disorder advocacy. Julie is CEU certified and regularly trains health care professionals, including psychiatric residents, social workers, therapists, and general practitioners on bipolar disorder and mental health management skills. She was the original consultant for Claire Danes for the show "Homeland" and is on the mental health expert registry for People Magazine. She is a sought-after coach for parents and partners of people with bipolar disorder.

Latest by Julie A. Fast

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Living With

9 Tips to Help Sleep With Bipolar

Respect your circadian rhythm is among Julie A. Fast’s tips for improving sleep when you're bipolar. Find out her other practical suggestions to help with sleep.

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Diagnosis

What Is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics theory offers hope that we can end genetic illness.

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Symptoms

What Is the Difference Between Unipolar Depression and Bipolar Depression?

Not all depression is the same, and the type of depression you have determines the treatment that works.

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Myths

10 Top Myths About Bipolar Disorder

There's a lot that's not understood about bipolar. Get the facts from someone who knows what it's really like to live with this form of mental illness.

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Diagnosis

Is It Bipolar or a Different Diagnosis?

The incorrect diagnosis of bipolar or calling someone bipolar when there is a different set of symptoms disrupts lives, says Julie A. Fast. Learn what bipolar disorder is and isn't.

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Symptoms

What are the Signs of DMDD in Children?

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder is often misdiagnosed as bipolar, ADHD, or another mood disorder. Find out what to look for and what to do if your child has DMDD.

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Risk Factors

9 Facts You Should Know About Psychosis

We hear the term “psychotic” a lot. But what, exactly, is psychosis? Julie A. Fast highlights the symptoms and signs.

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How-Tos

12 Strategies to Get Things Done When You Have Bipolar

Maintaining work productivity can be challenging with the ups and downs of bipolar disorder. Julie A. Fast offers 12 strategies to work around symptoms.