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"Just wanted to say that you are helping people all round the world. I live in Scotland, UK and there is not very good mental health support here. Your blog and health cards have helped me more than any professionals!" - Joanne, Glasgow
"I purchased your health cards four years ago and the book I got with it, Bipolar happens, is a masterpiece. It motivates me no matter how low I feel. Thanks for everything." - Vicki, Chicago

Welcome to www.BipolarHappens.com

My name is Julie  Fast. In 1994, my partner Ivan went into a manic and psychotic episode.  I went through his hospitalizations, court ordered commital and the reality of how long it took for him to get better when he came home. The next year I was diagnosed with bipolar II. Can you imagine our surprise!

Two people with bipolar disorder in one relationship need a plan.

As Ivan got better, I became worse. 23 medications. Trouble working. Wrecked relationships, weight gain and unhappiness. Then I finally said  Enough! and wrote The Health Cards Treatment Plan for Bipolar Disorder you will find on this site. Ivan and I stabilized by using this plan.  I was then well enough to write and work and this website was born.

Whether you have the illness or care about someone who does, I hope you find all of the information on this site helpful. There are free articles, a newsletter, podcasts, a link to my blog, videos, and my books. Think of this as a one stop website site for all of your bipolar disorder questions and needs.

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?

  • Can Bipolar Disorder be Treated Successfully? – Yes it Can!
  • Can a Person with Bipolar Disorder Get Better? - Yes!
  • Does it happen over night? – No
  • Will it take work, medical treatment and a management plan? – Absolutely

Bipolar disorder can be treated successfully.  Whether you are a person with the illness or care about someone with bipolar disorder, BipolarHappens.com shows you the tools needed to succcessfully manage bipolar disorder.

I wrote my books to break the hold that bipolar disorder has over so many of us. The books help and their ideas work.

Family member or partner?

If you are a parent or partner of someone with bipolar disorder and are in crisis or just need more tools to help the person you love, my coaching may be for you. Here is the link to read more:  Julie Fast Parent and Partner Coaching.

Right click on the link below for an article that will change the way you look at interacting with a child who has bipolar disorder. Once you right click, you can choose ‘save target as’ to save the article to your computer.

The High Jacked House by Julie A. Fast

If you have any questions about my books, please write bp @ speakeasy.net.

My goal is for you to feel better, less confused and more powerful once you read the information on this site. Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness. It’s strong, but we can be stronger!

Julie