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A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast is a weekly podcast that explores life through the unique double lens of a young woman living with schizophrenia and a guy living with bipolar. Each episode explores their past and present experiences as shaped by mental illness.

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast is a weekly podcast that explores life through the unique double lens of a young woman living with schizophrenia and a guy living with bipolar. Each episode explores their past and present experiences as shaped by mental illness.
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A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast is a weekly podcast that explores life through the unique double lens of a young woman living with schizophrenia and a guy living with bipolar. Each episode explores their past and present experiences as shaped by mental illness.

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English


Episodes

Bonus Content: Motivation in Schizophrenia

10/16/2019
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The word "schizophrenia" tends to conjure ideas of hallucinations, delusions, insane asylum in the general public's mind. Most people don't think of the boring parts that consume many with schizophrenia, like lacking the motivation to get out of bed, to make friends... Host Rachel Star Withers, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and co-host Gabe Howard discuss avolition and ways to help motivate loved ones in this episode of Inside Schizophrenia. Family Counselor Ms. Breen joins to share ways to...

Duration:02:44:26

Joker Movie and Mental Illness

10/14/2019
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Did the movie Joker portray mental illness correctly and does it matter? We passionately go over the movie Joker from the lense of people living with mental illness and discuss whether or not there are implications of making a movie like this. Does it help us or hurt us? What if it does both? Listen in to hear Gabe’s freakishly good recollection of scenes from the movie as Jackie struggles to separate entertainment from reality. Spoiler Alert: You don’t need to see Joker to appreciate this...

Duration:00:31:57

Explaining Depression to Happy People

10/7/2019
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Are you so happy that you can’t understand depression? Not us! While Gabe and Jackie can't relate to that level of positivity, there are lots of people in the world who simply can’t fathom what depression feels like. Despite their best efforts, naturally happy people can have a hard time understanding depression and in Episode 2, we discuss how to explain depression to happy people, including both of our spouses who are, to be honest, annoyingly peppy. We give tips on how to approach the...

Duration:00:30:30

Policing Language in Mental Health Communities

9/30/2019
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In the first full episode of Not Crazy, we learn a little more about the new co-host, Jackie, and her history with chronic illness and depression. Gabe rants about person-first language and how nitpicking verbiage is distracting from more pressing matters in the lives of those living with mental illness. Overall, we decide that “crazy” is not a dirty word and there are other, more time-sensitive, things we should be focusing on that can benefit the mental health...

Duration:00:30:20

We're Back: The Not Crazy Episode

9/23/2019
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One show ends and another begins. Don't unsubscribe just yet! In the final episode of A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic and a Podcast, Gabe and Michelle reminisce on past episodes, and Michelle tells us what her plans are for the future. Later, Michelle gives some words of wisdom to Gabe’s new co-host, Jackie Zimmerman. We get to know Jackie and discuss how Gabe and Jackie will be taking over BSP, but with a slightly new direction and a new name, which will be released in next week’s...

Duration:00:15:31

Bonus Content: Working With Schizophrenia (Inside Schizophrenia Podcast)

9/18/2019
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Everyone complains about work. Having to go to work every day, working too much, not getting paid enough- working can be challenging for so many reasons. Today's episode of Inside Schizophrenia focuses on working while having schizophrenia. Host Rachel Star Withers, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and co-host Gabe Howard share antidotes from their own work lives and speak with fellow schizophrenic Michelle Hammer. Michelle, an award-winning graphic designer and entrepreneur, discusses her...

Duration:01:06:07

New Episodes Return Next Monday 9/23/19 - Hiatus: Mental Illness and Dating

9/16/2019
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New Episodes Begin September 23, 2019. We hope you'll be there! “Just because you’re mentally ill doesn’t mean you don’t want to get married,” Gabe quips to Michelle during a recent conversation about the discovery of dating websites and applications aimed directly at people living with mental illness. At this point, our hosts break into song and start singing the “Farmers Only” dating website commercial jingle, changing the last line to, “You don’t have to be lonely, at crazy people dot...

Duration:00:15:36

Bizarre Questions Psychiatrists and Therapists Have Asked

9/9/2019
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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. “Therapists and psychiatrists. . . They don’t know everything.” ~Gabe Howard Episode...

Duration:00:37:09

Past Mistakes and Ruminations

9/2/2019
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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 . . . “It just...

Duration:00:14:54

Hiatus: Hypersexuality with a Bipolar and Schizophrenic

8/26/2019
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“Hypersexuality is not a good thing. It was a need that I had to fill.”~Gabe Howard 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.

Duration:00:33:01

Bonus Content: Families Impacted by Schizophrenia (Inside Schizophrenia Podcast)

8/21/2019
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Schizophrenia does not just affect the person with schizophrenia, but their families, also. This episode of Inside Schizophrenia explores the family relationships impacted by schizophrenia, both immediate and extended. Two guests join us. The first is Chrisa Hickey, who is the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia and started an online site for parents of children who have a severe mental illness. The other guest, interviewed by co-host Gabe Howard, is Janel Star Withers, mother of host...

Duration:01:18:48

Hiatus: Listen to This if You’ve Ever Been Depressed

8/19/2019
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Depression is an inconsiderate illness. It doesn’t care whether you have nothing going on or a lot going on. It will strike whenever it feels like it. Depression doesn’t care if you have a home filled with people, family obligations, or even a podcast to record. If this symptom of mental illness wants out, it’s coming out. In this episode of A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, our hosts attempt to record an episode, but Gabe breaks down and confides to Michelle that he isn’t doing...

Duration:00:18:06

How Money Impacts Mental Illness

8/12/2019
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In this episode, our hosts discuss how the amount of money and resources a person has influences their mental health care. Listen now to hear how Gabe and Michelle tackle this difficult social discussion -- and have a couple laughs along the way. “It’s so hard to get help with mental illness if you have no money, and that’s not ok.” - Michelle Hammer Highlights from ‘Money and Mental Illness’ Episode [1:00] How does money impact people with mental illness? [3:00] Michelle’s epiphany on...

Duration:00:38:38

Is Mental Illness a Made up Disorder?

8/5/2019
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In this episode, our hosts discuss whether or not mental illness is a real disorder or if it's just something that medical and pharmaceutical companies just made up to make a profit. Highlights from ‘Mental Illness Made Up?’ Episode [2:00] Is mental illness real? [4:00] Yoga doesn’t cure all mental illnesses, just like it wouldn’t cure cancer. [16:00] Dealing with people who think mental illness is not real. [19:30] Eating disorders are such a stigmatized mental illness. [20:00]...

Duration:00:40:50

Sexual Side Effects Caused by Psychiatric Medications

7/29/2019
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It’s common knowledge that psychiatric medications are prone to sexual side effects. It’s often referenced in the advertising. Since most people living with mental illness want to be both happy and have a satisfying sex life, this creates a bit of a quandary Are the two things mutually exclusive? What does a person on psychiatric medications do when the cure seems worse than the illness? Listen in to find out now! Highlights from ‘Medication Sexual Side Effects” Episode [1:25] Let’s talk...

Duration:00:33:05

Procrastination or Mental Health Issues?

7/22/2019
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Since time was invented, people have fallen into three main categories: Chronically early, on-time, or late. You don’t need mental illness to put things off until the last minute and it doesn’t take anxiety to get things done well ahead of schedule. But, there’s also no denying that living with mental illness can – and does – impact our ability to be punctual and to accomplish goals. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss the difference between putting things off because we are making...

Duration:00:27:44

Bonus Content: Childhood Schizophrenia

7/17/2019
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In this episode of Inside Schizophrenia our hosts tackle the topic of early onset – or childhood – schizophrenia. Host Rachel Star discusses her personal experiences with symptoms as an adolescent and Dr. Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich from Harvard Medical School discusses some of the latest research. Listen in now! Bonus Content - Visit PsychCentral.com/IS to learn more about the Inside Schizophrenia Podcast.

Duration:00:50:42

Religion and Mental Illness

7/15/2019
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From leisure activities to politics to relationships, people tend to be influenced by their religious beliefs. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss the pros and cons of religious influence when it comes to treating mental illness and explore whether it is helpful when trying to reach recovery. Highlights from ‘Religion and Mental Illness’ Episode [2:00] The intersection of religion and mental illness. [4:30] How the Jewish faith views mental illness. [10:00] How Christianity views...

Duration:00:28:02

Persistent Myths of Mental Illness

7/8/2019
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Myths spring up about everything that is misunderstood – and mental illness is one of the most misunderstood things out there. People are equal parts fascinated by and terrified of it, seemingly at the same time. In this episode, our hosts take a look at some myths about living with schizophrenia and even tackle the most common one – are schizophrenics violent? Highlights from ‘Myths of Mental Illness’ Episode [2:00] What are some myths about schizophrenia? [4:00] Does schizophrenia have...

Duration:00:19:31

Low Self-Esteem and How it Connects to Mental Illness

7/1/2019
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As a society, we suffer from low self-esteem. A lot. The entertainment media assaults us with beautiful faces and perfect bodies, making millions feel inadequate or even ashamed. We have school children who feel that anything less than straight A’s is failure. For people living with mental illness, the impact of low self-esteem is even worse. Listen to hear how. Highlights from ‘Self-Esteem’ Episode [3:30] Why do we feel bad about our bodies? [7:00] Michelle used to be a photo retoucher....

Duration:00:27:53