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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The Kickstarter for Hortensia and the Magical Brain is Live!

Hortensia and the Magical Brain introduces a therapeutic poetry technique that helps parents, caregivers and health care professionals lovingly talk with a child and create an open and healthy conversation around early onset mental health disorders. The poems cover the mean and nasty, scary and suicidal, angry and elated, sad and over the top thoughts and behaviors children with mental health concerns regularly experience.

Let’s shine a light on these NORMAL mental health symptoms and teach kids that they are often a result of brain chemicals that can be fixed though lifestyle changes and if needed, medical help.

This is a beautifully crafted, hard back book that was created for kids whose brains aren’t always on track. Just like mine!

Please visit our Hortensia Kickstarter page to read more about this amazing book. Pledges start at $1 and everyone receives a fun reward as a thank you!

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Talking with Kids about Bipolar Disorder. The Julie and David Talk Bipolar Disorder Podcast

Julie A. Fast talks with her 14 year old nephew David about bipolar disorder. She started the conversations when he was four.

A note from Julie: It amazes me how easily David and I can talk about such a serious illness. I started off by educating him on my own depression, mania, anxiety and psychosis symptoms so that he could better understand my behavior. Now he is one of the greatest minds I know on the topic! He has so much insight. We can teach young people how to talk about and manage this illness. David doesn’t currently have bipolar disorder, but we have talked about the genetics of having it in the family. I hope you enjoy our discussion on how to talk about bipolar disorder in an open and relaxed way.

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Free Call with Julie: Avoid The Bipolar Conversation.. for Parents, Partners and Health Care Professionals

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Avoid The Bipolar Conversation:

3 Strategies for Successful Communication When Your Loved One or Client is in a Mood Swing

A Free Phone-In Event with bestselling author and coach Julie A. Fast.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

2:00 PM PST

5:00 PM EST/10:00 PM London, England GMT

What if you could learn to recognize a loved one’s or client’s mood swings from the beginning and create a communication plan that works even when a person is ill? It is possible when you use the strategies from Julie’s books Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder and Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder.

In this complimentary call, Julie will show you how to not only recognize a mood swing before it goes [ Read More ]

Positive Changes in Our Bipolar Disorder World

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I’m writing today to share good news about the changes I see in our mental health world. I’ve been rather despondent for years regarding the struggles we all seem to go through due to bipolar disorder. This includes those of us with the illness as well as the families, partners, friends and health care processionals who want to help us live stable and productive lives.

What is the good news?

We all know more help is needed from the outside world, especially in terms of government support and today I see it happening. If you’re on Facebook, you know they often share old posts where you can see what you in the past. This morning, I saw a post from two years ago where I wrote:

How many more times do [ Read More ]

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