We are bipolar disorder experts and scientists, ask us anything for World Bipolar Day!
Hello Reddit, we are researchers, people living with bipolar disorder, psychiatrists and psychologists from research team CREST.BD.
This year on World Bipolar Day (March 30th), the COVID-19 pandemic is creating unique challenges for everyone, including those of us with living with bipolar disorder. Being isolated and cut-off from everyday routines can be challenging for anyone, but it presents unique issues for those living with a mental illness, where social support systems are an integral part of maintaining wellness. To provide mental health support and education during this difficult time, we have put together a large AMA team with diverse expertise to take your questions (full bios and proof):
- Dr. Erin Michalak, CREST.BD founder and Professor of Psychiatry
- Dr. Steven Barnes, co-director of CREST.BD, Professor in Psychology and Artist
- Victoria Maxwell, Mental Health Educator and Performing Artist
- Prof. Greg Murray, co-director of CREST.BD, Psychologist and Professor of Psychological Sciences
- Dr. Emma Morton, Psychologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry
- Dr. Fiona Lobban, Co-Director at the Spectrum Centre and Professor of Clinical Psychology
- Dr. Steven Jones, Co-Director at the Spectrum Centre and Professor of Clinical Psychology
- Dr. Ivan Torres, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
- Dr. Jill Murphy, Strategic Initiatives Director for the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health and Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychiatry
- Dr. Rob Tarzwell, Psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
- Ryan Tine, Mental Health Advocate and Trans-health Educator
- Stéphanie Fontaine, MIAW Face of Mental Illness 2016 and Ambassador for self-management support
- Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty, Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that can be associated with marked changes in activity and energy levels and extreme mood variation, from depression through to hypomania and mania. The condition can result in physical health problems and difficulties functioning in work, school or relationships. But, critically, with optimal treatment, care and empowerment, people with bipolar disorder can and do flourish and have good quality of life.
CREST.BD uses a pioneering approach in which researchers, healthcare providers, and people with bipolar disorder, work together to advance research and knowledge exchange. Everything we do - from deciding what to research, writing applications for funding, to doing the research and publishing the results, we do hand-in-hand with people with bipolar disorder. We specialize in producing digital health tools to share evidence-informed treatments and self-management strategies, such as our online quality of life assessment tool (QoL Tool) and our signature Bipolar Wellness Centre.
In honor of World Bipolar Day 2020, ask us anything!
EDIT: A lot of questions have come in! We're doing our best to answer them all, but please note that it might take us a while to get to you. Thank you very much!
A final note (Apr 2): Thank you for joining us over the past few days, and making it such a great experience - please keep in touch with us! We will be holding more panelist Q&As in the coming weeks as part of our free #TalkBD LIVE series during this challenging time. You’ll be able to interact with the presenters directly through Zoom, or watch the event livestream. Leading up to the event, we’ll be taking question submissions at [www.talkbd.live](www.talkbd.live).