JULIE A. FAST is a critically acclaimed international author, speaker, and sought after expert in the mental health field. She is regarded as a mental health pioneer for her groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to treating bipolar disorder and depression using both mainstream and self created management strategies. Her books include: – Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner – Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A Four Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability – Get it Done When You’re Depressed: 50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track and Bipolar Happens! on Kindle. – The Health Cards Treatment System for Bipolar Disorder (www.BipolarHappens.com) Julie was the original consultant for Claire Danes and her TV series Homeland on Showtime. Her upcoming book Hortensia and the Magical Brain: Poems for Kids with Bipolar, Anxiety, Psychosis and Depression will be released in 2018. Julie is a family and partner coach for those who love someone with bipolar disorder or other mental health concerns (www.JulieFast.com), writes a column for BP Magazine (www.BPHope.com), blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post is a bipolar disorder specialist on the Oprah and Dr. Oz website (www.ShareCare.com) and has a popular blog and awesome newsletter at (www.BipolarHappens.com/bhBlog). Julie also trains pharmacists, psychiatric residents, social workers, alternative health care practitioners, general physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists and many more health care professionals on the topics of depression and bipolar disorder management. Julie speaks regularly on the topic of cannabis and how it interacts with bipolar disorder. You can find her on FaceBook at the Julie A. Fast and Julie A. Fast Books pages and Twitter @JulieBipolar. She also has many popular You Tube videos on mental health topics including her recent event at Oxford University. Julie’s books have sold over 400,000 copies. Julie’s Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis Julie was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder II in 1995 at the age of thirty-one, after she had unknowingly lived with the disorder for over fourteen challenging and chaotic years. In 1998, three years after the diagnosis and twenty-three medications later, she found herself at a life-or-death crossroads: The medications were not enough and the quality of her life had spiraled downward with unhealthy relationships, work problems, weight gain, a loss of dreams and money issues as a result. This experience became the inspiration behind the treatment plan found in all of her books. If diagnosed today, Julie would receive a schizoaffective disorder diagnosis. Her psychosis was missed for many years! A note from Julie: Do you care about someone with a mental health disorder? Do you have mental health disorder symptoms? I want to let you know it’s going to be ok. I live with my symptoms daily. The anxiety is rough. The mania is enticing. The depression is dangerous. But I survive and you can too. I want to encourage you to keep going until you find your path. There is hope.