A Father of a Son with Bipolar Disorder Speaks


by Julie A. Fast

I will let you in on a secret. Many of us with bipolar disorder feel like failures when the illness doesn’t allow us to have the high powered or super intellectual and/or creative jobs that we could probably do if this illness were not so difficult to manage. I’ve talked with parents for over 20 years now and have learned something important. Being a good person is far more important to parents than being a ‘successful’ person only through work and finances. Don’t believe me? I will let Don take over from here. He is writing a letter to his son Marcos.

Dear Marcos,

My son. Last week something happened that made me so happy I thought I would cry. You were the cause of his [ Read More ]

Bipolar Disorder in the Relationship: A Video for Couples from Julie A. Fast and the International Bipolar Foundation

Ask Julie A. Fast Tonight: Bipolar Disorder and Medications


Ask Julie Fast Q&A tonight at 7:00 PM PST. Let’s talk meds and . Meds are half of our plan. Let’s get this part right. Join me on Facebook. I will answer your questions in real time. Stability rules!

I write daily on my Facebook page. I hope you can join me this evening. I also have a group for partners called The Stable Bed and a group for parents and family members called The Stable Table.

I love the interactive nature of Facebook. You [ Read More ]

Ask Julie A. Fast: How do I tell someone I have bipolar disorder?

A great question about talking openly about #bipolar a reader on my Julie A. FAst Facebook page: Julie, I know you mention a lot to share this with family and friends Julie A. so that they can be more supportive…and I have. But I have to say for myself that I usually regret it. I find that who ever I am telling either finds it too heavy or later they will use it against me somehow and then that compounds the emotional roller coaster that I may already be on. What am I doing wrong? First off, you are assuming you are doing something wrong. That means you tend to turn on yourself when others disappoint you. I am exactly the same. Work on that part of [ Read More ]

Daniel Bader: A Therapist who has Bipolar Disorder Talks about Self Forgiveness

Guest blogger Daniel Bader talks about life with bipolar and how learning to forgive himself for past behaviors helped him create strong relationships and a successful career as a therapist.

Like most people with bipolar disorder, I have done many things that I regret. Some of them involve harming other people: broken friendships, horrible things I’ve said, and even betrayals. Some of them involve harming myself: missed opportunities, lost jobs, and burned bridges. Looking back, it’s difficult to think about these events without cringing. I will often think self-abusive comments: “You’re an idiot!”, “Your so stupid!”. Sometimes, I even say them out loud.

In order to stop being so abusive to myself, I’m learning the art of self-forgiveness. I’m not perfect at it. Sometimes I’m not [ Read More ]

The Suspicious, Controller Personality

After seven years of working with thousands of family members and partners, I’ve noticed one personality type that always causes confusion and distress for the family. I call this the Suspicious, Controller Personality. I of course see this behavior when a person with bipolar disorder is in a dysphoric, manic and psychotic episode, but I’m talking about personality here which means the behavior is consistent over time and is not part of a mood swing. I have found that cannabis with high THC affects this personality the most. This personality is usually seen in men and can be very confusing and scary for family members if it is a young son. I teach a communication tool that family members can use to successfully interact with such a personality to all of my [ Read More ]

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