Bipolar Disorder II and Psychosis

ensor psychosisI call psychosis the forgotten bipolar disorder symptom!

My bipolar psychosis intensified at age 19. I consistently had hallucinations of seeing myself killed and thought it was normal. I eventually learned to manage my psychosis, but it sure would have helped if the health care professionals in my life had explained the symptoms of psychosis and that they were often a normal part of the bipolar disorder diagnosis.

I just received the following question from Mario on the topic:

Julie, I thought that people w/ Bipolar II don’t get psychotic? Or did you have a psychotic depression?


Hi Mario,

People with bipolar II can definitely get psychotic. I’ve had psychotic symptoms since age 16. Mine are usually with depression – as it’s rare for someone with bipolar II to have psychosis with [ Read More ]

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!

Julie [ Read More ]

My Bp Magazine Blog: An Interview with Sherry Joiner. What is the Difference between Bipolar Disorder and Schizo-affective Disorder?

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Note: It’s Labor Day here in the States. I’m doing a contest where a person who has schizoaffective disorder can win Sherry’s book. Please visit my Facebook page at Julie A. Fast for contest details. Today only! Woo. Today is also the day we announce the winner of Sherry’s beautiful flower painting that you see below. So if you bought her book in the past month, please make sure you send in your name to BooksbyMental Health Writers at gmail dot com with your contact info.

Do you know the difference between bipolar disorder and schizo-affective disorder?

I interviewed Sherry Joiner, the author of Sherry Goes Sane: Living a Life with Schizo Affective Disorder and asked her to explain the difference and tell us more about her life with [ Read More ]

What is the Difference between Bipolar Disorder and Schizoaffective Disorder?

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It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between bipolar disorder and schizo affective disorder once you know what to look for.

Bipolar disorder is an episodic disorder that has two main mood swings: MANIA and DEPRESSION. A person with bipolar disorder can also have psychosis. Statistically, 70% of people with bipolar disorder one will have psychosis when they are in a full blown manic episode. This means that most people with bipolar disorder one have psychosis. People with bipolar disorder two can also have psychosis- I do- but it rarely comes with hypomania which is the type of mania you see in bipolar disorder two. This means that SOME people with bipolar disorder two will have psychosis, but it will almost always be associated with depression.

Here is the important point to remember:

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Book contest with Sherry Joiner author of Sherry Goes Sane: Living a Life with Schizoaffective Disorder

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Win a painting in the Sherry Goes Sane book contest!


Click here for information on how you can win this beautiful picture from my friend and fellow mental health writer Sherry Joiner the author of Sherry Goes Sane: Living a Life with Schizoaffective Disorder. I love to support other mental health writers.

Many of my readers have schizoaffective disorder- it’s similar to bipolar disorder of course, but comes with its own challenges. Sherry is SUCH a success story! I know you will love her book! Julie