Partner of a Person with Bipolar Disorder?


Julie, how do I know if my partner really is better? He got out of the hospital last month after a massive manic and psychotic episode, but I feel like he is still sick. Julie, how long does this take and will ‘he’ ever come back? Loretta

Hello Loretta,

Yes, your partner will come back. Bipolar disorder symptoms are not permanent. With the right treatment, he will come back to homeostasis. You then need a management plan, but that is another topic!

Here is the list I use with clients when they ask how can they possibly know when someone is actually better.

Your husband is better when you see the following:

1. He acknowledges the trouble, pain and heartache he (due to his illness) caused when he was sick. “I am so sorry [ Read More ]

The Path to Happiness when You Have Bipolar Disorder

Julie, is it different than the path anyone would take when seeking happiness?

Yes, I do believe it is!


I’ve lived all over the world- I moved a lot before I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I feel I can say with great conviction that I have known, loved, worked with and met far more people who are stable than those who have bipolar. This is natural as about 6% of the world population has bipolar disorder. It makes sense I would meet a lot of stable people. I have observed that the path to happiness for stable people is incredibly straight forward. Not easy by any means, but definitely a path that a person can see and track with confidence. For example, the desire to be a lawyer, [ Read More ]

The Best Thing About Bipolar Disorder….

…… that the mood swings end.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not a cliche.

You can get better. Sometimes the tunnel is really, really long, but there is always an end to the pain and your life opens up again.

There is hope.


You are Going to Be Ok

Bipolar is rough. It’s rough on you and it’s rough on the people around you. Take it seriously. If you feel sick, ask for help. I’ve now lived with a serious mental health disorder since age 16. I was diagnosed over 20 years ago. And it still hurts when I get sick.

You are not alone if you feel you can’t go on. That is a symptom. It doesn’t mean you can’t go on. It means you are sick and need help.

Being manic feels fun at first, but you are probably not on this page while you’re feeling GREAT! You are on this page because you are struggling. The struggle comes when the feeling great ends.

Meds help, but they are not enough.

People help, but they are not enough.

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Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder

Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder is my foundational book. It’s the one I recommend for those who are new to bipolar disorder.

A description of the book is below. If you’re a family member or health care professional who wants to learn the basics of bipolar disorder and how the illness can be treated with a management plan, you will love this book! Take Charge was the first book to talk about having a trigger management plan for bipolar disorder. It also introduced the idea of avoiding the bipolar disorder conversation and the importance of having a team in place to help manage the illness.

Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder with Julie A. Fast: A 4-Step Management Plan for People [ Read More ]

Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis: Yes, we can have paranoid delusions!

Here is an example the Newsletter

Today’s Topic: Bipolar Disorder and Paranoid Delusions

by Julie A. Fast

Paranoia is a type of psychosis called a delusion. A delusion is a false belief.

For example, paranoia can be the belief that you have done something wrong and that a person or an organization is upset with you. This is a scary experience as it feels so real.

Paranoia used to really cause me a lot of trouble. I’ve worked hard so that I can at least recognize paranoia before it makes me do something stupid.

I often get the feeling that my friends are ignoring me and that they have met friends they [ Read More ]

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