Family Center Video Library

Successful Interpersonal Relationships

The following video is a presentation made by Julie Fast at the DBSA 2008 National Conference, "The Power of Peers." In this presentation, Julie, best-selling author of How to Love Someone with Bipolar Disorder and Get It Done When You’re Depressed, provides practical tips for maintaining and improving significant relationships, such as a marriage or domestic partnership, making sure that both parties’ needs are understood and met.

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Julie Fast is a best-selling author, speaker and radio host on the topic of mental health education. She speaks openly of her struggles as the partner of someone with a mood disorder, as well as how she currently manages her own bipolar disorder.

Julie is the recipient of the Mental Health America Award for Excellence in Mental Health Journalism, as well as the Eli Lilly Reintegration Achievement Award for her mental health writing and advocacy. To learn more about Julie, visit

You can find her books in the DBSA Book Store:

  • Take Charge of Bipolar Disorder
  • Loving Someone with Bipolar Disorder
  • Get It Done When You’re Depressed

Below, you can watch the "The Face of Relationships" video story by Lisa C. of Mariposa, California. This video won 2nd place in the 2007 Facing Us Video Contest, a prelude to the 2007 launch of the Facing Us Clubhouse. The goal of this art, video and PSA contest was to highlight the “face” of bipolar disorder and depression and to supply tools to those “facing” the challenges of living with these illnesses.