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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ALPHA (January 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592577067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592577064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Julie A. Fast is an author whose website (www.juliefast.com) was the first to offer downloadable books on bipolar disorder and depression. It averages more than 240,000 visitors a year.
John D. Preston, Psy.D., ABPP, is a professor of psychology with Alliant International University, Sacramento, and the recipient of the Mental Health Association's President's Award.

More About the Author

JULIE A. FAST, author of Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder: A Four Step Plan for You and Your Loved Ones to Manage the Illness and Create Lasting Stability, (Time/Warner 2006) Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder: Understanding and Helping Your Partner (New Harbinger Publications, February 2004), Get it Done When You're Depressed (Penguin, 2008) and Bipolar Happens! (Grayson OmniMedia, 2012) is a critically acclaimed author, national speaker, and sought after expert in the field of bipolar disorder and depression. 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.

You can find my recent article: The High Jacked House: Three Patterns to Avoid if Your Child Has Bipolar Disorder at the very long link: http://bipolarhappens.com/bhblog/the-high-jacked-house-a-must-read-article-for-parents-of-children-with-bipolar-disorder/


Julie is a family and partner coach for those who love someone with bipolar disorder (www.JulieFast.com), writes a column for BP Magazine (www.BPHope.com), 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).

You can find her on FaceBook at the Julie Fast Fan Page and Twitter @JulieBipolar.

Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder with over 115,000 copies sold has just been released in a new edition with a new chapter on couples and medications as well as a very comprehensive medication reference from coauthor Dr. Preston. The new cover is blue and the last version is orange.


The 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, a loss of dreams and money issues as a result. This experience became the inspiration behind her now-famous treatment plan found in all of her books.

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A Note from Julie:

And now, after that stellar biography, let's get to the real stuff.
I've been sick off and on for many, many years. I rapid cycle intensely- sometimes five times a day. But I am lucky that it's rapid cycling as I have many good times as well. My hypomania is wonderful, but it rarely shows up. I've written many book outlines while hypomanic. But I wrote most of the books while depressed- I learned to get things done while I was depressed!

I use every single tip in my books regularly. This is how I survive the illness. They keep me going and growing! (Unfortunately, some of the meds have made me grow too much!)

My goal is to help others. I write for those of us who don't think we can live another day with this illness and I write for partners and family members who are often in the dark when it comes to helping us. I am on both sides regularly.

This illness can be treated. Reading books helps us manage it more easily and they definitely cost less than a doctor visit!

Let's read, talk, learn and get better together!


Julie

PS: I'm on new meds and doing a lot better. I'm well enough to write another book. A miracle. Never give up!

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This book has some very practical tips that are easy to use and easy to remember.
Anne M. Wilcox
Someone who is depressed can feel like they're slogging through mud when it comes to getting the simplest tasks done, so they need techniques just like these.
Liora Hess
I highly recommend this book to help deal with depression and getting things done despite debilitating depression.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

150 of 151 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 28, 2008
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This book is incredibly helpful because it helps you to learn practical methods for coping with depression. The subtitle is "50 Strategies for Keeping Your Life on Track", and each strategy is thoroughly explored. First it is explained, then there is a short exercise you can do to apply the strategy to your life. Next the strategy is illustrated in a story from someone's personal life. Lastly, the author shares a story about applying that strategy in her own life.

For example, one strategy I found very helpful is "Accept the Limitations Caused By Depression". I expect way, way too much of myself every day and then feel bad when I can't accomplish what I want to. This strategy (and the book in general) helped me to see that I will feel better and get more done in the long run if I don't beat myself up about what I can't do, and if I work the other strategies diligently to do what I can.

It really helped that the author is successful and accomplished despite her depression, and the stories show how many, many people work with their illness to make valuable contributions with their lives instead of just giving in to depression and using it as an excuse for failure. It truly made me feel like I wasn't alone---that many others feel this way, and that they organize their lives so that they can still succeed.

I have to say that it's the most practical book I've ever read for actually coping with depression.

Highly recommended.
*****
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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Anna on January 10, 2008
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All of Julie Fast's books are practical and well-written, and this may be her best. Using examples from the lives of people who struggle with depression, she gives realistic, concrete ways to fight the effects of depression, so that the negative spiral of inactivity and hopelessness can turn into a positive spiral of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Julie has learned these lessons the hard way, and this book is proof that her methods work. The personal stories are backed up by her co-author, a psychologist, who provides a more physiological explanation of both symptoms and why Julie's strategies are effective.

When depression of any kind (including bipolar) is the problem, it's crucial to know how to counteract its symptoms with behavior, as well as medication. This book gives readers the tools to take charge of their lives. It's not the usual advice from experts looking down from the top of the well. It's a strong rope, each chapter a foothold to use for climbing out.
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful By UltimateGearGuide on January 8, 2008
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I have read every textbook, self help book, etc. and was still beating my head against a wall until I read this book.

I can tell you that chapter 11, Expect Brain Chatter, was the answer to prayer. I don't know what it was about this specific chapter, but it opened up serious dialogue after 14 years of marriage.

This chapter gave me a simple way to explain the on-going dialogue and loop of music in my head and why it is so painful.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amy92010 on July 15, 2008
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I was quite impressed with this little book. I think that some people will relate to the 50 different strategies more so than others. But I can't imagine a depressed person NOT taking something valuable away from at least ONE of the 50 methods.

What I liked even more than the specific strategies was Julie's clear and honest explanation of what it is like to have depression. She does a great job illustrating how the depressed brain operates differently. She includes personal examples from her own life for EVERY strategy.

I did think her personal stories became a bit whiny and annoying by the end of the book, but I understand why she included them. I figure any frustration I have with her is the same frustration I have with my own depression. No-one wants to be whiny and self-absorbed, but when you're depressed, it happens.

This is one of the better books for depression out there. Even if you aren't depressed, it's a great read because it will help you interact with and understand those who are.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Denise Malone on July 11, 2010
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This book is the best book I've ever read for depression and the only book I know out there that has advice and ideas on how to "Get it done while you're depressed" It's about time. THANKYOU to the Author. This book got me moving after the first page. I literaly put the book down and jumped out of bed and started washing dishes that hadn't been washed in days. Funny I still haven't finished reading the book because everytime I do, I start wanting to do something, Really! This book is a MOTIVATOR LIKE I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. It should be in every Mental Hospital, Physchiatrist office,Counselors and especially a Mental Rehab Facility (every person should go home with one). Don't hesitate to buy this book. I promise you won't regret it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Kaczmarek on January 4, 2008
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Julie Fast's 'Get It Done When You're Depressed' is exactly the book I've been looking for to offer my therapy clients struggling with indecision and inertia.
The book is written in a clear, no-nonsense manner that is easy to read and understand--important considerations when writing for people whose emotional pain may make it difficult to focus.
'Get It Done' is loaded with realistic suggestions that will be useful to anyone no matter how 'well' or 'ill' they may be. Thanks Ms. Fast I needed this!
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