Mania & Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatist Dr. Manuel Sánchez de Carmona (Anahuac University, Mexico City), and mental health educator Victoria Maxwell discuss and answer your questions on mania and bipolar disorder, drawing from their lived and clinical experiences.

Hosted by Dr. Emma Morton

Dr. Manuel Sánchez de Carmona is a member of the ISBD Board of Directors and works as an associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry for the Anahuac University in Mexico City, Mexico. He began his involvement with ISBD in 2008 as the founder of the ISBD Mexican Chapter and since then in key leadership roles: first as ISBD Secretary Treasurer and then as ISBD President, serving for two consecutive terms from March 2014 to December 2017. He was able to actively promote the Society and generate local chapters in several countries of Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He is passionate about providing education on bipolar disorders and using the Society as a game-changer in public mental health services. Since World Bipolar Day’s inception, he has been involved in its global promotion and making connections with experts with the lived experience to generate community awareness and fight stigma. Dr. Sanchez de Carmona has more than 25 years of clinical experience treating mood disorders and is interested in diagnosis, early detection, and providing quality of life to patients.  

Since being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, psychosis, and anxiety, Victoria Maxwell has become one of North America’s top speakers and educators on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery, dismantling stigma and returning to work after a psychiatric disorder. As a performer, her funny, powerful messages about mental wellness create lasting change in individuals and organizations. By sharing her story of mental illness and recovery she makes the uncomfortable comfortable, the confusing understandable. The Mental Health Commission of Canada named her keynote That’s Just Crazy Talk as one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country.


Questions and comments?

  • Rapid cycle type one BP with manic episode has been reduced with depo Olanzapine biweekly but the damage causing reclusiveness and change of personality towards a new identity is difficult to cope for such an intellegent sufferer, any option to repeatitive depo as when he was not on any medication he was normal albeit suffering Manic episode

  • I have a question about mania for the speakers. For people with bipolar is there any downside to be mildly hypomanic? I am always afraid to be completely honest when I feel slightly hypomanic because my doctor tends to overreact. I have experienced mild hypomania so many times and it does escalate to full mania. I feel as though I am not allowed to feel good or creative because I have bipolar disorder. If a person without bipolar says that they are having a couple weeks of feeling really good, no one would blink an eye. So that’s my question thanks!

  • Every one of my manic episodes I have experienced in my life have been triggered after being medicated during an episode of depression. If all my manic episodes are medication induced and never occur organically am I really bipolar at all?

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