Memory, Thinking & Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Ivan Torres and Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty, professors in Psychiatry (University of British Columbia), and mental health educator Victoria Maxwell discuss how bipolar disorder may affect cognitive processes such as learning, thinking, focus and memory. They delve into topics like how bipolar symptoms can affect cognition, and how to integrate self-management strategies into your toolkit. 

Hosted by Dr. Erin Michalak

Dr. Ivan Torres is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department at UBC, and is affiliated with the BC Psychosis Program and the Mood Disorders Centre at UBC. In his primary clinical role, he serves as a clinical neuropsychologist within the BC Psychosis Program at UBC Hospital. His research interests include the study of cognitive and executive functioning in severe psychiatric disorders including Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. 

Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia. Her research and clinical interests are in cognitive dysfunction, virtual reality cognitive retraining, bipolarity, and psychotherapy approaches for mood disorders. 

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.

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