behind the scenes
Sisters in Mental Illness - December 10th 2019
Shaley Hoodgendoorn interviews Julie Kraft about her experience with Bipolar 2 Disorder. Julie talks about how she juggles her creative projects, personal life and mental health; how her faith has evolved through her mental health journey; finding the correct language around mental health and illnesses; and her commitment to sharing her story.
Beautiful with a Bipolar Mind - February 1st 2018
In this interview, Julie shares her journey with bipolar disorder with Hannah Blum. She opens up about motherhood, love, stigma and how "a move from her home in Canada to Germany gave her clarity in a world that made her feel so clouded."
NO RESTRAINTS with Rudy Caseres - January 9th 2018
In this unfiltered and unedited live interview, Julie shares her journey with bipolar II disorder with award-winning mental health advocate Rudy Caseres. Some of the topics covered in this episode are: the benefits of bipolar, the challenges, hypomania, faith and mental 'illness', using social media to spread awareness, balancing a career while also managing a mental health issue, mental health terminology, stigma, the self-publishing process, and so much more.
Facebook Live Talk with Rudy Caseres - October 31st 2017
In this unfiltered, unedited, live interview, Julie shares her journey with bipolar II disorder with award-winning mental health advocate Rudy Caseres. Some of the topics covered in this episode are: the signs and symptoms of bipolar, depression, anxiety, mental health stigma, being diagnosed, dating, marriage, parenthood, and so much more.
Her family’s love and support are especially pivotal during the darker times. Today, they have a deeper understanding of what Kraft is going through. “My diagnosis gave my struggles and chaos a name and a reason (not an excuse!). Finally knowing what we were actually dealing with helped us all to move forward, educate ourselves and take control.”
For Kraft, hypomania used to feel exhilarating, energizing and electrifying. It was “a sudden surge of confidence and incredible optimism. The world is my oyster and nothing can bring me down. Nothing. It’s living up on cloud number nine and wanting to pull the entire world up there to share it with me.”
Kraft believes that having bipolar disorder has made her a better parent. “It has made me hyper-aware of my words, thoughts, actions, and state of well-being. I am constantly asking myself if, ‘Am I doing everything possible to stay well for my family?’ My children make me want to do better and be better—they deserve nothing less.”