Rock Star Suicides: Let’s Stop Talking About “Demons” and Start Talking About Illness

From the Huffington Post….

My latest article in the Huffington Post talks about Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Here is the opening:

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As a society, we can recognize the symptoms of artists who are depressed and get them into treatment instead of raising up their tortured art and then wondering why they die.

Rock star suicides are nothing new. I’m reminded of Ian Curtis, Micheal Hutchence, and Curt Cobain. I recently wrote an article about the death of Chris Cornell, and sadly, I now write about the death of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

Once again, the world has lost a vibrant, young, and seemingly “have it all” kind of man. I want to first share my sadness at the loss of yet another person who simply didn’t need to die, but this time my heart [ Read More ]

Bipolar, Marijuana and Psychosis: A Class for Parents and Partners

New class August 13, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 PM PST

BIPOLAR DISORDER, MARIJUANA and PSYCHOSIS

A Class for Parents and Partners with Julie A. Fast

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2017

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM PST United States.

 

 

 

Cost: $150 per phone line.

This is an interactive call. Class size is limited to ten phone lines.

Please visit

JulieFast.com/schedule

click on the white box and choose the CLASSES tab to reserve your space. If you have questions, please send an email to Julie Fast Books at Gmail dot com. Julie will answer personally. Please note that this class is for parents and partners only. I will do a separate class for people with bipolar disorder.

ABOUT THE CLASS

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Parent Success Stories: Helping a Child with Bipolar Disorder and Schizoaffective

In the past three days, I received four emails and had conversations with multiple clients clients with reported positive updates on the situation they experience with a child who has a mental health disorder like ours. I want to let the parents of the world know that successful treatment for your children is possible. We never know how long it will take. We never know when the child- I am talking adult children here- will accept treatment. But at this time, four of my clients have written and said that they are having ‘normal’ conversations with their child after years of problems due to untreated mental health disorder symptoms. In all four situations, the child had at some point refused contact with the parent and refused treatment. Here is what all four families have in common: 1. They worked with a professional to help [ Read More ]

Accepting New Family Member and Partner Coaching Clients

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(A note from Julie: I specialize in crisis coaching that eventually becomes a management plan for the whole family. My work is extremely discrete. I never share my client list and offer help even when change feels impossible. You are not alone. Coaching works. Over 50% of my coaching clients come to me for help with a loved one who is using marijuana and having mood swings.)

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Over six years ago, I started coaching partners and family members of people with bipolar disorder as an addition to my writing career.

I never thought I would find work that I enjoy as much as I enjoy coaching. I feel at home with the parents and partners as I have been where they are- and I remain calm during the crises that [ Read More ]

Parent of a Young Child with a Mental Health Disorder?

I’m looking for three families who want to be a part of the team for my new book Hortensia and the Magical Brain: Poems for Kids with Bipolar, Anxiety, Psychosis and Depression. Hortensia and the Magical Brain is a book of therapeutic poems for kids with symptoms of mania, depression, anxiety, psychosis, ADHD, irritation, violent behavior and so much more. The book will be a conversation starter for parents and health care professionals to help kids talk about their symptoms when they don’t have the words to explain what is happening in their brains. Parents on the editing team will receive poems to read to their kids to see how the child responds and what suggestions the child has for changes to the poems. [ Read More ]

Bipolar and Marijuana: What is Dabbing?

Bipolar disorder and marijuana education: What is dabbing? One of the top concerns I see in bipolar disorder management today is marijuana and dabbing. The use of high THC pot is linked to an increase in psychosis and mania in those of us with bipolar disorder. The highest concentrate of THC when people use weed is creating wax from dabbing. The process is explained in the article linked below. The more we educate ourselves and keep an open mind into how we can stay safe and stable, the better we can help our sons, daughters and partners make healthy decisions around their mental health. My bipolar disorder and marijuana education work focuses on harm reduction and the prudent use of substances when you have a mental health disorder. I have [ Read More ]

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