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The first podcast for people with mental illness, by people with mental illness. Each episode explores the hosts past and present experiences as shaped by depression, schizophrenia & bipolar. Hosted by Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer.

The first podcast for people with mental illness, by people with mental illness. Each episode explores the hosts past and present experiences as shaped by depression, schizophrenia & bipolar. Hosted by Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer.
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The first podcast for people with mental illness, by people with mental illness. Each episode explores the hosts past and present experiences as shaped by depression, schizophrenia & bipolar. Hosted by Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer.




What’s So Inspirational About a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic?

Throughout our lives, we are inspired by many people, from our parents to our teachers to celebrities to great thinkers of the past and present. And sometimes, we find ourselves being an inspiration for others. Also, sometimes, this fact surprises us. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about both being inspired by others and how it feels to be an inspiration to others. Highlights from ‘Inspiration’ Episode [00:30] Is Michelle amazing? [3:30] Is Gabe an inspiration? [7:00] Gabe is...


Social Anxiety, Delusions, Rejection, and Mental Illness!

Most people suffer from certain social anxieties. Just the idea of speaking in front of a crowd can make otherwise confident people break into a nervous sweat. Fear of rejection is also very common in society… just ask any teenager who’s too afraid to ask out their crush. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about these common feelings from the perspective of having additional mental illness thrown in, creating a blend that is no one’s favorite. Highlights from ‘Social Anxiety’...


Does Sleeping Alleviate Mental Illness Symptoms?

Not getting enough sleep impacts every single person. It makes us irritable, slows our reflexes, and reduces our ability to think and reason. When a person is sick or suffering from an illness, getting more sleep is beneficial to the healing process. Mental Illness is no different. You will benefit from regular sleep. In today’s episode, we talk about sleep hygiene – what it is and why it is important. Trust us, if anyone can make a discussion about sleep engaging, it’s Gabe and Michelle....


Self-Care for Your Mental Health

Self-care is important for everyone, but our hosts feel it is extra important for people managing mental illnesses and other mental health issues. It stands to reason that, if you don’t take care of yourself, then the symptoms of an illness will have an easier time making our lives miserable. In this episode, our hosts discuss what self-care is, what self-care isn’t, and what they personally do to care for themselves. Listen now! Highlights from ‘Mental Health Self-care’ Episode [2:00]...


Helping a Friend with Mental Illness

Even if we live with mental illness, ourselves, we can be frustrated when we don’t know how to help a friend or family member who’s dealing with it. We may find that coping skills that work for us may not work for someone else. Medications that work for us may not work for the other person. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss how to help friends with mental illness, including the help available through caregivers, medication, and more. Highlights from ‘Helping a friend with mental...


Bad Habits and Vices Related to Mental Illness

Everyone has bad habits. Even your sainted Granny who seems perfect to you has some bad habit that only your grandfather knows about. Bad habits, like everything, exist on a spectrum, from biting your nails to snorting cocaine – and everything in between. In this episode, our hosts discuss bad habits that many people with mental illness seem to have - from smoking, to alcoholism, to drug use and, you guessed it, everything in between. Highlights from ‘Bad Habits Mental Illness’...


Hypersexuality with a Bipolar and Schizophrenic

Hypersexuality is a very common symptom of bipolar mania and a potential symptom of schizophrenia, as well. Both Gabe and Michelle have experienced being hypersexual, but because of their ages and genders, it manifested itself in different ways. However, their personal differences aside, there is one thing that both our hosts completely agree on. . . Listen now to find out. Highlights from ‘Hypersexuality’ Episode [1:40] What is the correct definition of hypersexuality? [4:30] The...


Dwelling on the Past Mistakes Caused by Mental Illness

Once we reach recovery from mental illness, we tend to dwell on the mistakes of our past. Thoughts of failures and people we’ve hurt ruminate inside our head and make it difficult to move forward. Why do we think about these things? Does it protect us, make us feel better, or is it way to keep us from moving forward? In this episode our hosts discuss their past failures in the hopes it allows our listeners to realize living in the past only really accomplishes one thing . . . Highlights...


The Warning Signs of Bipolar and Schizophrenia

In general, people with mental illness aren’t perfectly fine one day and suddenly symptomatic the next. It often feels that way to people with bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia, but many of us realize once we reach recovery that the warning signs were there all along. Highlights from ‘Warning Bipolar Schizophrenia’ Episode [1:00] March 30th is World Bipolar Day! [2:30] What are some of the warning signs of mental illness? [5:00] Will supplements and exercise fix everything? [7:45]...


Support Groups for Mental Illness - What are They?

Most people understand how doctors and therapists work, but many people can’t quite wrap their minds around support groups – especially peer-led ones. In this episode, our hosts dissect different types of support groups to make them better understood and more accessible. Listen Now! Highlights from ‘Mental Illness Support Groups’ Episode [1:00] Let's talk about support groups. [3:00] Fountain House in NYC is awesome! [6:00] Why it’s great to be around like-minded people. [8:00] Support...


Talking Suicide with a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic

Suicide is something that most people think they understand, but there are many misconceptions about it. We say it’s a serious problem, yet will mention it casually and insensitively in certain settings. In this episode, our hosts openly discuss suicide and their personal stories with trying to end their own lives. Highlights from ‘Suicide’ Episode [1:00] Frankly discussing suicide. [3:00] Don’t belittle a person’s suicide attempt. [7:00] Why did Michelle try to end her life? [10:00]...


What is Paranoia - Explained by a Bipolar and Schizophrenic.

We often use actual mental illnesses to describe behaviors that don't actually qualify. For example, if a friend thinks they failed a test, we might jokingly say, "Stop being paranoid." But what is real paranoia? What does it feel like? What can be done about it? In this episode, Michelle talks about her life with, and without, paranoia. Highlights from ‘Paranoia’ Episode [1:00] Michelle discusses when her paranoia started. [4:00] The most amazing thing that Michelle could finally do:...


A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic Get Triggered by a Movie

We all realize that movies are fiction, but that doesn't mean that we should take nothing seriously. When a movie makes a portrayal of an individual, for example, that's full of racial stereotypes, we're justified in saying that it isn't okay. It's no different for portrayals of mental illness. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss just such a portrayal in a movie that Michelle found highly offensive. Listen to see if you agree. Highlights from ‘Triggering Movie’ Episode [1:00]...


Host Has a Panic Attack Live While Recording

Panic attacks have a way of popping up at the most inconvenient times – like when you are recording a podcast. In this episode, Gabe has a panic attack in front of the microphone and decides that the silver lining is showing listeners that even someone in recovery has symptoms. Listen in to this episode to learn about panic attacks and see if Gabe makes it out okay. (Spoiler alert: He’s fine.) Highlights from ‘Panic Attack Live’ Episode [2:30] Gabe is having a panic attack and we...


Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day comes but once a year and is experienced in different ways depending on your age, gender, or whether or not you are in a relationship. Not surprisingly, mental health status plays a role in the way this holiday is experienced, as well. Listen in as our hosts play the ever-popular Two Truths and a Lie to describe all they went through being depressed while dating. Highlights from ‘Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Depression, and Valentine’s Day’ Episode [1:25] We are playing Two...


How to Tell Friends and Love Interests About Mental Illness

A mental illness diagnosis doesn’t mean you can’t date or make new friends. It does mean – at some point -- that you need to tell all the new people in your life that you’re living with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or whatever your mental health concerns are. In this episode, our hosts discuss telling the new people in our lives about our health issues – including the people they’ve dated. Highlights from ‘Mental Illness, Friends, Love Interests’ Episode [2:20] Being public and...


A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic Discuss Feelings of Loneliness

While depression is a common mental health issue, it’s not even close to being the most common. Listen in to hear our hosts discuss how loneliness can make a person feel unwanted and uncared for – even if they are standing in a crowded room. Highlights from ‘loneliness’ Episode [0:30] Loneliness kills more people than depression. [3:30] Michelle explains loneliness she has experienced. [5:20] Gabe explains loneliness he has experienced. [8:00] We always bring up our moms – so why stop...


Bizarre Questions Psychiatrists and Therapists Have Asked

There is an assumption among many Americans that doctors are pretty darn smart and always know what they’re talking about. Psychiatrists work with the mentally ill, so they are certainly smarter than their patients. Because, after all, their patients are “crazy.” Right? In this episode, our hosts discuss all the times that psychiatrists and therapists didn’t live up to the hype – or stereotype. Highlights from ‘Psychiatrists and Therapists Questions’ Episode [1:00] What is the strangest...


A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic Talk Self-Sabotage

Most of us are to blame for our failures, believe it or not. We didn’t practice enough, plan ahead, or work hard enough. If we are honest, we could have done more to succeed, but something stopped us. In this episode, our hosts, Gabe and Michelle discuss why people sabotage their own success and fess up to whether or not they are sabotaging their own. Highlights from ‘Self-Sabotage’ Episode [2:00] Do we sabotage ourselves? [3:00] Some reasons for self-sabotage. [6:30] Private rejection...


A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic Discuss Psychiatric Medications

Psychiatric medication gets a bad rap when it isn’t deserved, while simultaneously being seen by some as the end-all treatment for people living with mental illness. Our hosts both need their prescribed medication to live well, and that makes people around them ask questions ― some of which are weirder than others. Tune in to this episode to hear what they have to say. Highlights from ‘Meds’ Episode [1:00] What happens when Gabe and Michelle don’t take their medications. [4:00] People...