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At eighteen, Julie started to have panic attacks, and at that point, had no idea she had Bipolar. The cloudy lows and anxiety had accompanied her throughout her childhood and teens. It was just a part of life. Ten years later, her moods swings were so severe, she was diagnosed in a police station, after ordering a pizza and paying for it with monopoly money.
Reading was always a favourite past time for Julie. Through books she studied Eastern philosophies, meditation and spiritual healing, and believes that these practices helped her to qualify as a Holistic Therapist and Tutor in adult education. More importantly, with some support from her brother and sister in law, it helped her keep her family together.
She went on to teach in adult education for seven years, running employability workshop for the unemployed. This also included delivering confidence workshops in prisons, around the east Midlands, which she thoroughly enjoyed.
Today she has three grown up sons and works part time as an administrator. Drawing on techniques that she has used to help herself, she is currently working on a self-help book. She aspires to write in the field of Mind, body and spirit, to assist people who want to solve personal problems, improve their confidence and get the best from their life.
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Three Insane Poets
The Three Insane Poets are David Parkin, who has a traumatic brain injury, David Rollins, who has borderline personality disorder, and Julie Stacey, who has bipolar disorder. This collaboration is at times hilarious, poignant, and always thought provoking. All three poets live in Leicester.
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Journey of the Mad
This book consists of a set of contemporary poems followed by haiku, a Japanese form of poetry. They will take you on a journey to the heights of mania and depths of depression and anxiety, displaying Julie's thoughts, feelings, fears, behaviour and insights. There is still some stigma attached to mental illness and this book aims to give a mind opening experience and a grasp of the difficulties that mental illness brings.
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Journey of the Mad gives us a deeply moving and fascinating glimpse into one woman's experience of living with bipolar disorder. The poems are raw and immediate, and often reveal a hint of the author's spiritual journey too. This is an invaluable creative contribution to our understanding of serious mental health issues. Highly recommended!
Jacqui El Masry
Jacqui El Masry
Just the kind of unapologetic, gritty, dynamic writing that is needed to explain the perils of this much misunderstood illness. Ms Stacey takes us initially on a breathless, whirlwind of a journey into mania in which her grip on reality is tested but her humanity remains in tact.
She gives us a second half in which peaceful, reflective and ordered Japanese style poetry offers some respite and healing. A powerful, important and insightful work.
Julie Stacey 's book is a must read for all those that love poetry and for those that forgot they love it. It is raw and untamed and yet realistic as she makes you relive her journey again and again. Hospital and Asylum are my favourite but I have many more. A modern day classic which takes you down the plug hole of bipolar disorder. Julies's poetry go deep into the underbelly of the human psyche beyond the fragments of the human mind. Buy it! Download it now!
What an amazing journey. Into the absolute depths of despair and back out into the light. You could feel the emotions in each line. A very brave author to open the doors and let readers access her innermost feelings at the time. For those going through similar episodes in life will so be able to connect with this and realise they are not alone. And never give up hope.
A must read for anyone involved or interested in mental health. You are taken on a journey of the authors thoughts & feelings, as she goes on a rollercoaster of Bipolar 1. A fascinating read.
I love this book and was lucky enough to share some of this journey. Julie is my friend and she taught me how to help her. This is such a celebration of how to be the best that you can be...
Julie has taken us on a whirlwind journey from the depths of her inner mind with this book! Giving a real insight into the world of bipolar. It is a brilliant read! The poetry is raw, gritty and original, going up and down like a rollercoaster. It shows a real insight of what this mental illness is like to someone who doesn't know anything about it with moments of mania anguish to relief. Thank you Julie for being brave and publishing such a personal aspect of your life to help others learn more about this mental health. It truly is an inspiring read!
As someone who suffers from manic episodes but with more fluctuation. It’s interesting to see into the mind of someone who has Bipolar disorder. An interesting read