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"Just wanted to say that you are helping people all round the world. I live in Scotland, UK and there is not very good mental health support here. Your blog and health cards have helped me more than any professionals!" - Joanne, Glasgow
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The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder

A management plan for bipolar disorder that works. 

Julie A. Fast is one of the top bipolar disorder management experts in the world with four bestselling books on the mood disorder bestselling book list. Her treatment plan described below, The Health Cards Treatment Plan for Bipolar Disorder is only available off this  website. Julie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder two with psychotic features in 1995. (We now call this schizo-affective disorder.)  Julie trains health care professionals around the world on how to use this plan with their clients. Whether you have bipolar disorder or care about someone with the illness, Julie’s Health Cards and her related books can help you and your loved ones find stability. 

The following explains Julie’s Health Cards System as well as her traditionally published books. 

Do you need a management plan that works with your medications?


Do you want a plan that allows you to take less medications? 

I’m a big believer in medications for bipolar disorder- when they work. I also know that we need a management plan in case the medications are not enough or we don’t want to take medications for every symptom. The Health Cards work with and without medications. If you or your loved one’s bipolar disorder simply isn’t getting better, the Health Cards can provide relief.  I use them every day. I still deal with mood swings- a lot, but you can see what I have accomplished. You can work, have relationships, travel and make money once bipolar disorder is under control. It’s all explained in the Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder.

It is possible to treat this illness successfully. I do.

I created the Health Cards plan for anyone diagnosed with bipolar disorder. They are also an invaluable tool for those who care about someone with the illness.

“Medications don’t work 100% for everyone, but everyone with bipolar disorder needs a management plan that works.”

What are the Health Cards?

The Health Cards are a Revolutionary 3-Step Program for the Management of Bipolar Disorder. I created this system in 1998 when medications alone were not enough to manage this often debilitating illness. I and everyone who cares about me uses the system I teach in my Health Cards book. This includes my family, friends and health care professionals. You can manage this illness. If you are the parent or partner of a person with bipolar disorder, you can learn the Health Cards system and then teach it to a loved one. If you care for someone who refuses treatment, the system can still work for you.

What You Will Learn from the Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder

  • The full spectrum of bipolar disorder symptoms and techniques to control them
  • How to communicate with family and friends to manage the illness as a team
  • How to dramatically increase your ability to work and financially support yourself
  • The side effects of bipolar medications and how to recognize, reduce and prevent them

Do you care about someone with bipolar disorder? The Health Cards are for you too! You will learn…

  • How to recognize the difference between your (or your loved one’s) typical vs. bipolar behavior
  • How to heal the romantic and family relationship problems bipolar disorder inevitably causes
  • How to recognize and prevent the stressful and damaging conversations caused by bipolar disorder mood swings

How the Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder Works

The Health Cards System is a practical, hands-on program (in book form) designed to be used by individuals with bipolar disorder as well as their partners, family members and friends. You are given step-by-step instructions for creating customized “Health Cards” for each of your symptoms, whether it’s a mood swing, behavior, or relationship difficulty. Then you are shown how to break each of these down into the various signs, symptoms and triggers associated with it, as well as discover the specific behaviors that you and the people around you can do to lessen and prevent it.

What has made the Health Cards System so popular and so effective is that it treats all the various symptoms and mood swings of bipolar disorder, not just depression and mania. Symptoms like anxiety, irritation, anger, relationship problems, attention problems, mixed episodes, psychosis, paranoia, obsessive behavior, suicidal thoughts, etc., are all uniquely addressed in the system.

There are 66 pages of sample Health Cards filled with literally hundreds of the most specific and commonly reported bipolar symptoms, signs and triggers. You won’t find a more thorough or comprehensive list like this anywhere.

— Click HERE to view a sample health card. —

The Health Cards System is not just a book. It is a practical, hands-on tool. You can refer to the Health Cards at any time, carry them with you, and rely on them whenever the occasion arises. You can update them as you progress or change them as your particular symptoms change. There is no bipolar disorder management program like this available anywhere else.

“Julie, we have tried everything to help our son. He has been in the hospital five times, has trouble with mania and psychosis and often tells us we are the crazy ones. The only book we have ever seen him read on the topic of bipolar is your book Bipolar Happens. It’s short and written by someone who knows what it’s like to have the illness. He said that for the first time he felt understood. We have loved your Health Cards and know we can all use them together soon.”

– Mitsy Edwards, Oregon City, OR

The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder comes in a spiral bound copy that is easy to use over and over again as you create a plan you or an entire family can use to manage this tricky illness.  As a bonus, you also receive Julie’s books Bipolar Happens! and Tips for Talking with Health Care Professionals. If you really want to take the bull by the horns and learn everything Julie teaches about managing this illness, the complete package includes her bestselling traditionally published books as well. Julie has helped millions of people around the world get a hold on this illness. You are not alone and you can get control into your home and life.

The following explains the content of Julie’s books and how you can order her books today.

Julie’s Books


Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar

The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder:  This is the overall plan Julie uses to keep her life on track despite living with daily bipolar disorder symptoms. It’s the Big Kahuna and not for the faint of heart.   The Health Cards require work. If you have bipolar and are sick and tired of how this downright rotten illness controls your life and you are ready to CHANGE in order to find stability, this is the plan for you.

If you care about someone with bipolar disorder who refuses help and yet you just know in your heart this person can get better and you want to know exactly what to do to facilitate this process, the Health Cards are for you. This is not a book on the history of bipolar disorder. This is daily plan that changes life the minute it is implemented.



How do the Health Cards work?  If you’re into big data, The Health Cards are Moneyball for bipolar. They work because they are based off the idea that symptom management is the #1 way to find stability when you have bipolar disorder. We do not have an emotional problem, but we do have an illness that reacts to the world with symptoms of mania, depression, anxiety, psychosis, ADD symptoms and irrigation and anger. We have to know these symptoms inside and out in order to know what we are up against. The Health Cards teach you to create a plan that will stop the mood swings in their tracks and prevent them from taking over lives in the future.  They work for people with the illness as well as loved ones and health care professionals.

Bipolar Happens

This book is funny and young men really like it. Why? It’s stories. No judgement. No preaching. No telling someone what to do.  Just stories about what it’s like to have bipolar disorder and what a person can do to keep the illness under control.  This is the first book Julie ever wrote and it is passionate, silly and truthful.  Young kids like it too.

Bipolar Happens! is a bonus book when you order the Health Cards.

Tips for Talking with Health Care Professionals

A health care team is essential for life long management of bipolar disorder. Sticking up for ourselves when faced with a certain type of health care professional can be a challenge.  Tips for Talking with Health Care Professionals shares the tips Julie teaches all of her coaching clients. Learn to get what you want and need. It is possible.

Tips is a bonus book when you order the Health Cards.

More Books by Julie A. Fast available on this website and 

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner was the first book ever published with the specific goal of helping partners of people with a mental health disorder. It was written for partners, but it is equally effective for parents and other care givers.  Loving has sold over 300.000 copies and is still one of the top bipolar disorder books of all time. It is a must have for any partner who wants a stable and loving relationship for a person who has bipolar disorder.

Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder

Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder is the place to start if you’re new to bipolar disorder. It explains the illness and helps you come up with a plan on how to live with symptoms that can easily take over a life if they are not controlled.  The concept of trigger management originated with bipolar disorder as did the idea that people with the illness and the people who care about them need a specific lifestyle plan in order to stay stable. Take Charge is the first book Julie recommends if you’re just getting started.

Get it Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track

Get it Done When You’re Depressed was the #1 depression book on Amazon in 2015. Since its publication in 2008, Get it Done When You’re Depressed has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world learn to get out of bed and into life even when the depression is raging. Julie wrote this book for herself and her partner to use on the days when depression seemed to turn off the body and the mind! There are 50 strategies in the book that work on even the toughest depression days. If you bipolar disorder or depression, the book is uncomplicated and easy to use in small bursts. For family members, friends, partners and health professionals, the book offers very specific strategies you can use to help someone with depression get back into the world on the toughest days.


Julie, the most exciting thing that every happened to me in terms of this illness is the day I received all of your books in the mail. I felt hope for the first time in years. Thank you for sharing your plan with the world.  Please know that your suffering and our suffering all has meaning when we realize we can get better. Thank you for bringing hope back into my confused and often overwhelming life. 

Brittany, Australia.


*** The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder comes with the books Bipolar Happens! and Tips for Talking with Health Care Professionals. These books are available in download and hard copy form only from this website.

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Thank you for shopping with BipolarHappens.  Julie’s books Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder, Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder and Get it Done When You’re Depressed are also available on Amazon and in bookstores.

Since 2002, Julie has sold her management plan to people around the world.

The plan works. You and your family can find stability.

Please visit Julie at her Julie A. Fast Facebook page for the latest news including tips on how she uses her management plan in her daily life. After ordering, visit Julie on her Julie A. Fast Books Facebook page for ideas on how to use Julie’s books in your daily life.

Parent, family member or health care professional? Join Julie on her The Stable Table closed group on Facebook.

Partner of a person with bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder? Join Julie on her closed group The Stable Bed on Facebook.

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A note from Julie: I’ve used the Health Cards Treatment Plan for Bipolar Disorder every day of my life since creating the system in 1998. My partner was diagnosed with bipolar disorder one in 1994 and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder two with psychotic features (we now call this schizo-affective disorder) in 1995. I wanted to save my relationships and get on with my life. I created the Health Cards to help myself calm down this raging illness. Over 20 years later, I still use the same system as do all of my family members and friends.  People with bipolar disorder and the people who care about them need a daily management plan in order to stay stable.  I hope the Health Cards prove to be as life changing for you as they have been for myself and especially my mother!  I recently traveled to England. The Health Cards were the most important item in my suitcase. It’s a challenge to manage bipolar disorder, but life can be good.