Psychosis & Bipolar Disorder

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Dr. Manuel Sánchez de Carmona (Anahuac University, Mexico City), and mental health educator Victoria Maxwell discuss and answer your questions on psychosis 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.



I liked the compassion and insight shown by Dr. Manuel Sanchez de Carmona! I also liked his problem solving approach to psychosis. As I have seen before, Victoria Maxwell is clear, humble, and informative when she talks. Her contribution to this talk is as important as Dr. De Carmona. The two people today really complemented each other. It is the first time in 40 years since I have been diagnosed, to listen to this topic. I did experience psychosis during a mania swing, and it is so hard to recover, personally and interrelationally.

appreciate Victoria’s candid description of psychosis and self care strategies to maintain balance and developing one’s identity beyond bipolar – Manuel’s straight forwardness and compassion to care for yourself as soon as you can and the importance of open dialogue with dr.s and caregivers

I liked hearing about Victoria’s lived experience and her coping strategies. Found it insightful, comforting and inspiring. We don’t talk about psychosis enough. This is the best webinar I’ve seen on the topic. Thank you CREST BD.

The topic was excellent. So much of bi-polar discussions focus on depression. This topic really related to me, both the speakers. This was very relevant. Thank you

Episode Highlights

A Message to Bipolar Caregivers Experiencing Burnout
Forgiving Yourself After Psychosis
The First Step to Help A Loved One in Psychosis
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