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Guest for my radio show on Tuesday October 16, 2012

by robin on October 10th, 2012

My guest is Julie Fast, co-author of Loving Someone With Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner.

About the book:

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder is a first of its kind book—written specifically for the partner of a person with bipolar disorder. If you have a loved one with bipolar, you know how disruptive and straining this disorder can be to your relationship. You may experience feelings of fear, loss, and anxiety as well as a constant uncertainly about your loved one’s ever-changing moods. This book is designed to help you overcome the unique challenges of loving someone with bipolar disorder. With the supportive and helpful information, strategies, and real-life examples contained here, you’ll have all the tools you need to create a loving, healthy, and close relationship.

Find out how to:

• Identify which coping approaches work and which do not
• Recognize and transform a “bipolar conversation”
• Use new strategies to help manage episodic crises
• Survive the financial turbulence manic spending may cause
• Deal with problematic sexual issues
• Increase closeness and stability in your relationship

About the author:
Julie is the author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A Four Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability, (Time/Warner 2006) Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner (New Harbinger Publications, February 2004), Get it Done When You’re Depressed (Penguin, 2008) and Bipolar Happens! (Grayson OmniMedia, 2012) and is a critically acclaimed author, national speaker, and sought after expert in the field of bipolar disorder and depression. She is regarded as a mental health pioneer for her groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to treating bipolar disorder and depression using both mainstream and self created management strategies.

Julie is a family and partner coach for those who love someone with bipolar disorder (www.JulieFast.com), writes a column for BP Magazine (www.BPHope.com), is a bipolar disorder specialist on the Oprah and Dr. Oz website (www.ShareCare.com) and has a popular blog and awesome newsletter at (www.BipolarHappens.com/bhBlog).  Julie was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder II in 1995 at the age of thirty-one, after she had unknowingly lived with the disorder for over fourteen challenging and chaotic years.

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