Upcoming Reddit AMA: Ask us anything on World Bipolar Day 2021!

Event Date: March 30, 2021
Upcoming Reddit AMA: Ask us anything on World Bipolar Day 2021!

Thank you for joining our AMA!

We had so many incredible questions! To read the questions and answers, visit reddit.com/r/iama!

Read the AMA!

We’re hosting our THIRD annual “Ask me Anything” on Reddit in honour of World Bipolar Day! The AMA is an opportunity to ask our team of bipolar disorder experts your question about bipolar disorder.

Date: March 30, 2021
Time: Starting 10:00AM Pacific, 1:00PM Eastern (continues for 48 hours!)
Link: reddit.com/r/iama (Check for precise link closer to the date!)

The event on the list of upcoming AMAs from the r/iama subreddit. On the left it displays the subreddit name, r/iama, and details about its users (approximately 20.9 million subscribers, with 9.7 thousand online at the time of capturing the image). Below this is a list of upcoming AMAs, with a big red circle around the one for the World Bipolar Disorder AMA. On the right side, the words 'ask me anything' are inscribed in a white font against a periwinkle background.

The AMA will be hosted on Reddit’s r/IAmA – a platform for question-and-answer interviews, with previous interviewees including Barack Obama, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Bill Gates. Our diverse team of experts will respond to your bipolar AMA questions from our /u/CREST_BD Reddit account.

Headshots of everyone involved so far! Descriptions of how each individual looks are in their bios below.

Our Bipolar Disorder Experts

Our team includes bipolar disorder researchers from across the globe, and people with lived experience of bipolar disorder (including people that both are researchers and live with bipolar disorder).

Alessandra indoors. She has white skin, shoulder-length blonde hair, and blue eyes. She is holding the AMA proof sign and smiling with a closed mouth.

Alessandra Torresani

Actress, Mental Health Advocate
About Alessandra / The EmotionAL Support Podcast / @alessandratorresani
I’m an actress and mental health advocate. I’ve appeared on the Big Bang Theory, American Horror Story, and Caprica! I’m also an ambassador for the National Alliance on Mental Health, and I host the EmotionAL Support podcast, where I talk with guests about mental health to break through stigma!

Andrea is wearing a black cardigan and holding an AMA proof sign with her name written on it. She is Caucasian and has dark curly hair with red tips. She is smiling warmly.

Andrea Paquette

Co-Founder and President, Stigma-Free Society
About Andrea / @bipolar__babe
I am the Co-Founder and President of the Stigma-Free Society. I have been sharing more personal story across North America for 10+ years and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2005. I am also known as the Bipolar Babe in the mental health community!

Benjamin Goldstein, is standing indoors, against framed grayscale photographs. He is white and bald and is wearing a grey hoodie. He's holding the AMA proof sign with his name printed on it.

Benjamin Goldstein, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/benjamin / @bengoldstein73
I’m a child and adolescent psychiatrist and professor at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. My research efforts focus on teenagers with, or at familial risk for, bipolar disorder.

Catriona Hippman, MSc, CGC

Genetic Counselor, Clinical Assistant Professor
crestbd.ca/catriona / @catriona_hippma
I’m a research fellow in reproductive and infant psychiatry at BC Children’s Hospital and a certified genetic counsellor who specializes in mental health. My work focuses on promoting perinatal and family mental health.

Chris is standing up outdoors at night, perhaps a higher-floor balcony. Buildings with lit windows are in the background. He is Caucasian and is bald and wearing horn-rimmed glasses and a dark sweater with a navy blue collar showing from his shirt underneath. He is holding the AMA proof sign.

Chris Gorman, MD

I’m a psychiatrist with a special interest in Bipolar Disorders, and Clinical Professor at UBC Dept. Of Psychiatry, Vancouver, BC. My current work is with the Vancouver General Hospital Psychiatry Outpatient Service and as a Community Advisor for CREST.BD.

David Miklowitz, PhD

Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry
David Miklowitz Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His work focuses on psychosocial interventions for youth and young adult with bipolar disorder, and illness management techniques.

Don Kattler

Mental Health Advocate, Lived Experience
Don Kattler has worked as the Substance Use Recovery Worker for Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use Intensive Case Management Team in Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, and is active in the mental health community as a volunteer. Don lives well with bipolar disorder and works to support those living with mental health conditions.

A headshot of Emma against a white background. She is Caucasian and has shoulder-length wavy red hair and rounded, tortoiseshell-patterned glasses.

Emma Morton, PhD

Psychologist, Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/emma / @morton_emm
I’m an Institute of Mental Health Marshall Fellow at UBC Psychiatry. My research has focused on improving the understanding and treatment of of quality of life in serious mental health conditions, self-management strategies, and digital mental health tools.

Eric is in a room in his home that looks like it might be an office, with reddish and white walls, dark-stained furniture, and a bookshelf. He is Caucasian and bald with a short greyish beard, and is wearing a grey shirt with HGAPS written on the pocket. He is holding the proof sign.

Eric Youngstrom, PhD

Psychologist, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
I’m the cofounder and executive director of Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS.org), and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill. My work focuses on improving assessment, for better detection and better outcomes with bipolar disorder.

Erin outdoors in a forest. She is Caucasian and has curly dark brown hair. She's wearing a blue knitted hat with a matching scarf and a black jacket. She is smiling warmly and holding a sign proving she will be involved in the bipolar ama, with her name and the AMA date and time on it.

Erin Michalak, PhD

CREST.BD founder, Professor of Psychiatry
crestbd.ca/erin / @erin_michalak
I’m the founder and Network Lead of CREST.BD, and Professor at UBC Psychiatry. My work focuses on enhancing quality of life and reducing stigma for people living with bipolar disorder.

Georgina is standing outdoors in front of a brick wall and is holding the proof sign. She has tan skin and long, curly black hair. She is wearing a dark shirt or blazer and smiling.

Georgina Hosang, PhD

Research Psychologist
I am a senior lecturer (associate professor) at Queen Mary University of London, UK. I investigate the social factors that impact on the development and course of bipolar disorder. I also teach undergraduate and master students on topics concerned with bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

Greg Murray's is standing beside a brick wall. He has white skin and short white hair. He is wearing a suit and rectangular black-rimmed glasses and is holding a proof sign.

Greg Murray, PhD

Co-director of CREST.BD, Psychologist, Professor of Psychological Sciences
crestbd.ca/greg / @profrnb
I’m the Director of the Centre for Mental Health at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. My work focuses on better understanding and managing bipolar disorder by paying attention to psychology, behaviour and biology.

Ivan is sitting indoors in an office and holding the proof sign, printed in black and white. He is Caucasian and has short grey-brown hair and rectangular wire-rimmed glasses. He is wearing a striped dress shirt.

Ivan Torres, PhD

Psychologist, Clinical Professor
I’m a clinical neuropsychologist and clinical professor at UBC. My work involves the study of cognitive difficulties in bipolar disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and the impact of these difficulties on daily functioning.

Jill is standing in a room with a large mirror and red tulips. She is Caucasian, has shoulder-length ombred hair, and is wearing thick-rimmed tortoiseshell glasses and a fuzzy light blue sweater. She is holding the AMA proof sign.

Jill Murphy, PhD

Research Associate, Executive Director of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health
I’m a Research Associate in the Dept. of Psychiatry at UBC and am the Executive Director of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health. I mostly work in global mental health and my research explores how to promote equitable access to e-mental health and community-based mental health mental health care worldwide.

Josh Wooley, MD, PhD

crestbd.ca/josh / BAND Lab / @thebandlab
I am a psychiatrist who studies psychedelics as novel therapeutics for multiple conditions including bipolar disorder. I am also the director of the translational psychedelic research program at UCSF.

Kaj is standing in front of a huge, abstract painting of his. It's largely blue with big splashes of red and yellow. He is Caucasian and is wearing thick-rimmed glasses, a grey baseball cap, and a black Puma hoodie over a Joy Division t-shirt. He is holding a proof sign with his name.

Kaj Korvela

Mental Health Advocate, Lived Experience
I am the Executive Director of the Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders (OBAD.ca). My work focuses on peer support and advocacy. I have the Lived Experience of Bipolar Disorder. I love art, music, champagne, and cats.

Lakshmi is standing indoors in a well-lit room. He is South Asian and has grey hair and rectangular glasses. He is wearing a striped blue-and-white shirt and a navy blue suit jacket and has a thoughtful expression on his face.

Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych

Researcher, Psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry
I am a Professor and the Head of the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. My research focus is to understand the biology and develop new and safe treatments for bipolar disorder.

Lisa is standing indoors in front of a closet door, holding her dog! Her dog is a dark grey frenchie. Lisa is Caucasian and has long black hair, she she is holding a proof sign printed in black and white.

Lisa O’Donnell, PhD, MSW

Cognitive Therapist, Social Worker
I’m an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University and a practicing Clinical Social Worker. My research focuses on enhancing employment outcomes for individuals living with bipolar disorder. I’m also the proud owner of Charlie, the Frenchie.

Natasha is standing in a room with fairy lights in the background holding a proof sign with their name written on it. They are Caucasian with short close-cropped hair and are wearing large cat-eye glasses with thin clear frames and big earrings in an arrowhead shape.

Natasha Reaney, MEd

Artist, Lived Experience
I live well with bipolar and I have a hard time not talking about it. I work full-time in mental health and substance use, specifically in crisis prevention and resiliency building. My background is in educational psychology and I’ve done a lot of public speaking to help reduce the stigma associated with bipolar.

Nigila Ravichandran, MBBS, MMed

crestbd.ca/nigila / Institute of Mental Health (Singapore)
I am a Consultant and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry from Singapore, and Vice-President of Club2Care. My areas of work involve clinical management, academic teaching and strengthening community awareness of conditions including Bipolar Disorder.

Patrick Boruett

Founder, Bipolar Heroes Kenya
About Patrick
I am a pharmacist, mental health advocate, founder of Bipolar Heroes Kenya and work as a government official responsible for Preventive and Promotive Health in Kenya. I believe in enabling those living with mental health conditions to lead meaningful lives and realize their aspirations despite their diagnosis. I also do advocacy for People Living With Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Kenya.I share my lived experience with Bipolar Disorder to bring about change and inspire others as a living proof.

Rosemary is standing in front of a minimalist, modern painting of a woman's face. She is Chinese Canadian and is holding an iPad or laptop screen with the AMA proof and her typed name up on the screen. She has short black hair, gold earrings, and is wearing a lightweight dark sweater.

Rosemary Xinhe Hu

Poet, Educator, Lived Experience
I am a Chinese Canadian woman, who is a poet and educator. I live well with bipolar, and am open about my experience living with this mental illness because I know from first hand experience that visible representation of mental illness (especially among visible minorities) makes people feel less alone, and more equipped to seek help. I am so proud to be part of the brilliant mentally ill community, nurturing and providing radical care for one another.

Sagar is in his office holding the AMA proof sign with his name written on it. He is Southeast Asian and is wearing a grey suit with a grid pattern and black, rectangular, thick-rimmed glasses.

Sagar Parikh, MD, FRCPC

Psychiatrist, Professor of Depression and Clinical Neuroscience
Hi! I’m Sagar Parikh, a Canadian psychiatrist now working in the US. I specialize in integrating treatments—advanced medications, TMS, ECT, psychotherapy, and apps/ webtools in the treatment of mood disorders.

Serge is standing next to a study poster and looking into the camera with a neutral expression. He is Caucasian and has grey hair and thin-rimmed oval glasses. He is wearing a grey suit with a blue shirt and a lanyard. He is holding the AMA proof sign.

Serge Beaulieu, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Researcher, Psychiatrist
About Serge
I am the Medical Chief of the Bipolar Disorders Clinic at the Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montréal and Vice-President of Revivre (now Relief: myrelief.ca). I am delighted to participate in the World Bipolar Day AMA in whichever language you prefer (English or French).

Steven Barnes, PhD

Co-director of CREST.BD, Senior Instructor, Artist, Lived Experience
crestbd.ca/steven / @sj_barnes / stevenjbarnes.com
I’m the Network Deputy at CREST.BD, and Senior Instructor and Associate Head of Undergraduate Affairs in the Department of Psychology at UBC. My research interests include psychological disorders, new media, and artist-scientist collaborations. I live well with bipolar disorder.

Thomas is standing in front of a beige walling holding up the AMA proof sign. He is Caucasian, with short, close-cropped brown hair and a slight beard. He is wearing a green t-shirt.

Thomas Richardson, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Lived Experience
About Tom / @DrTomRichardson
I’m a Clinical Psychologist working in a community mental health team for adults with Solent NHS Trust in Portsmouth, UK. I’m also a visiting academic at the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, UK. I’ve published several papers about psychological approaches to Bipolar Disorder and have lived experience of Bipolar Disorder.

A headshot of Trisha against a pinkish tan background. She is looking slightly downwards and is smiling with a closed mouth. She is South Asian and has long black hair and brown eyes.

Trisha Chakrabarty, PhD

Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of British Columbia. My research and clinical interests are in cognitive functioning, virtual reality cognitive retraining, bipolar disorder, and psychotherapy approaches for mood disorders.

Victoria Maxwell

Mental Health Educator, Performing Artist, Lived Experience
crestbd.ca/victoria / victoriamaxwell.com / @victoria_BPP
I’m an award-winning keynote speaker and performing artist who lives well with BD. By telling my story of mental illness and recovery, I’ve worked to create lasting changes in individuals and organizations.

We’ll continue to announce new interviewees over the next two weeks! Check back for more!

Previous AMA Events

The banner for last year's event, which says 'AMA' in large indigo letters.

We had an incredible response to last year’s AMA! The thread saw over 1,000 comments from people with all sorts of questions about bipolar disorder. We’ve taken some of the highlights from the day and published then in a blog post here.

The banner for last year's event, featuring Erin and Steven.

Erin and Steven hosted our first bipolar AMA on March 29th, 2019, and the response was overwhelming! Like with last year, we published some of the highlights in a blog post here. We also hosted live Twitter Q&As on all things bipolar on Bell Let’s Talk Day 2019 and 2020 – you can read those questions and answers here.

World Bipolar Day

World Bipolar Day - a picture of Vincent Van Gough and others around the world.

The vision of World Bipolar Day (WBD) is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and to eliminate social stigma. Celebrated every year on March 30th, this international awareness event is an initiative of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) in conjunction with the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD) and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD).

Check out the events taking place in conjunction with this year’s World Bipolar Day at facebook.com/worldbipolarday.