Ms. Julie A. Fast


Julie A. Fast is the bestselling 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 Manage the Illness and Find Lasting Stability and Get it Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track. Julie won the Mental Health America Journalism Award for her columnist work in BP Magazine and the Eli Lilly Reintegration Award for her work in the bipolar disorder management field. Julie is a regular speaker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Julie’s frequent coauthor, Dr. John Preston specializes in the medications used to treat adult onset bipolar disorder as well as pediatric bipolar disorder and guides Julie in all of her writing and advice regarding medications. Julie is a coach for partners and family members of people with bipolar disorder and has one of the top bipolar disorder blogs on the web at For more information about Julie’s work, please visit



  • Bipolar Disorder and Depression, Teen Mental Health, Author


  • Portland, OR


  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health
    Ms. Julie A. Fast answered:
    Sure- ask yourself these questions.
    1. Have I ever been depressed? If yes, then..
    2. Have I ever been depressed and then suddenly felt incredibly better? Like a cloud had been lifted from my life and everything was amazing? Have I been incredibly creative and felt sexy and wanted to travel and just
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  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health

    “Journals let you cry and complain without bothering other people: journals don’t hurt other people’s feelings.”
  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health

    “When someone refuses to acknowledge they are sick even though they are a mess, it’s a normal part of the illness.”
  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health
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    I wrote my book Get it Done When You're Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track while I was depressed. I taught myself that even if I feel that life is pointless and I'm a worthless ant struggling on the face of this giant earth, I can still get my work done and do it well. I work hard to separate myself from what bipolar depression says to me. It's seductive, but like a bad date, it's never my friend. I can hear what it says, but I don't have to believe it. I can still work. Today I'm using quite a few of the tips in the book to get my work done. I'm restless, feeling a bit hopeless in the face of something going on in my life and feel out of touch with myself and my work ability. Well. So what! That can just go on in the background and I can sit down and DO WHAT I HAVE TO DO! You can too! Julie
  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health

    “It’s hard to think outward when you’re depressed – it’s like singing when you have laryngitis. But you *must* do it.”
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    1. Ms. Julie A. Fast It's interesting to see what I wrote in a book out of context in a statement. I always like to share what I write, but i'm learning that context is essential. The word MUST is not one I use on its own. In this situation, I'm saying that in order to get things done, we have to do things that feel incredibly uncomfortable, impossible and sometimes downright stupid. When I wrote Get it Done, I had many days where what I wrote felt pointless. My brain would say- no one wants to hear this. It's dumb! You're a waste of time! But I knew this was depression talking. I know what it says to me and how cruel it can be- so even though it felt incredibly real, I know that I must not listen to it and had to do the work anyway. When the book came out, I read it from start to finish to see if I could tell when I was well and when I was depressed while writing. There was no difference AT ALL! I taught myself and hopefully you can learn the same that how we feel about something when we are depressed is not an indication of the quality of work we are producing. FEELING is not outcome. Feeling is just that- how I feel. Now, when I have tough days I always check to see if I'm listening to my bipolar disorder or if I'm really in a situation where I can't work at all.
      On Aug 05
    2. Ms. Julie A. Fast 90% of the time, it's my brain telling me something that isn't true! It says- You don't feel like working and this means your work will suffer! The truth is that how I feel doesn't affect my work quality. When possible, let's keep going no matter how bipolar makes is feel!
      On Aug 05
  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health
    I'm looking forward to answering more questions on My next post will be on how parents can talk to teenagers about legalized marijuana. Yes, it relates to mental health!
  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health

    “Focus on the solution, not the problem. Problems are immediate – solutions take time.”
  • Ms. Julie A. Fast - Portland, OR - Mental Health

    “#Bipolar is a genetic illness that affects a person's ability to regulate moods. It's not a personal failing and it's not psychological!”
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