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Fourth Edition of Speaker Series[edit | edit source]

That's Just Crazy Talk: A true story about mental illness, stigma, and secrets by Victoria Maxwell[edit | edit source]

Zoom presentation and Q&A on April 5th, 2021 7:00 pm-8:00 pm ET. This one hour continuing education event was co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) and Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS) with generous support from the Student Government Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Victoria Maxwell delivered her theatrical keynote “That’s Just Crazy Talk.” Victoria talks about her lived experience with bipolar disorder, and the unfolding process of coming to terms with it in herself, her family, and the larger community. She balances humor, honesty, and poignance and power. It’s a remarkable hour, which is why it has been talked about on CNN, the New York Times, Psychology Today, Chatelaine, Women’s Health, CTV, WebMD, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail etc. This free event focused on raising mental health awareness, promoting support, and reducing stigma.

Presenter: Victoria Maxwell, BFA, Member and Blogger for CREST.BD Acclaimed mental health speaker, performer, playwright, author, and self-proclaimed Bipolar Princess and Wellness Warrior.

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  • 1 in 5 in the US will have a mental illness in a given year[1]
  • Family history of mental illness contributes to someone’s predisposition for psychosis and bipolar disorder and impacts their mental illness journey and how they view mental illnesses
  • Having a mental illness does not mean you cannot go to college. You can recover.
  • Bipolar Disorder in the 1970s was called Manic-Depression but the term Bipolar Disorder was first used instead in the third edition of the DSM.[2][3]
  • Baby Blues is used to describe mild mood swings after pregnancy but also postpartum depression. This affected treatment and outcomes for women especially with pre-existing mood disorders.
  • Be proactive in your recovery: what helps in recovering from relapse, compassion to yourself when healing, identifying your early warning signs
  • You cannot be to blame for your mental illness, but you can be responsible for your health
  • Besides medication and therapy, the following helps Victoria manage her Bipolar Disorder: exercise, diet, mindfulness, social contact, and support, and good sleep hygiene.
  • Use terms like mental health conditions, or mental health complications instead of derogatory terms like "fruit basket", "nut case", and "psycho".[4][5]

Learning Objectives:[edit | edit source]

That's Just Crazy Talk
  1. Describe symptoms of mania, depression, psychosis and anxiety.
  2. Describe various experiences and consequences of self-stigma and external stigma
  3. Improve skills of empathy and insight into mental illness
  4. List at least two examples of perspective taking or insight about the experience of living with bipolar disorder that were presented with humor and honesty to make the point easier to hear and remember.
  1. International., Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (U.S.), issuing body. RTI. Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States : results from the ... National Survey on Drug Use and Health.. OCLC 1125151717. 
  2. "History of Bipolar Disorder". Healthline. 2018-02-12. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  3. "WHEN DID MANIC DEPRESSION BECOME BIPOLAR - San Diego | API". Alvarado Parkway Institute. 2019-05-30. Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  4. "Words Matter: Reporting on Mental Health Conditions". Retrieved 2021-04-06.
  5. "Mental illnesses: Terms to use. Terms to avoid". HealthPartners Blog. 2017-08-28. Retrieved 2021-04-06.