30 episodes

Each episode looks at life through the unique lens of people living with depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The podcast is hosted by Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer.

A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast was one of the first podcasts by people with mental illness for people with mental illness.

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

Each episode looks at life through the unique lens of people living with depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The podcast is hosted by Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer.

A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast was one of the first podcasts by people with mental illness for people with mental illness.

    Balancing Support and Boundaries: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in Friendship

    Balancing Support and Boundaries: Navigating Mental Health Challenges in Friendship

    In today’s episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss the challenges Michelle faces with her friend who exhibits erratic and aggressive behavior, likely due to untreated mental illness. Despite Michelle's continued efforts to support her friend, including texting her mom and trying to be there, she struggles with the constant verbal abuse and feels unable to help effectively. Gabe suggests setting firm boundaries and considering intervention via 988 when her friend's behavior becomes dangerous, but both recognize the difficulty and complexity of the situation.

    • 35 min
    Good vs Bad Vulnerability and What's The Difference?

    Good vs Bad Vulnerability and What's The Difference?

    Today Gabe and Michelle continue openly discussing living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, respectively, aiming to reduce stigma around mental health. Gabe expresses gratitude for the support that has allowed their podcast to continue, emphasizing the importance of vulnerability in their journeys and their work. Today’s guest, Sara Danner, shares her experiences with schizoaffective disorder, discussing the role of vulnerability in recovery, the challenges she faced with law enforcement and societal expectations, and how shifting her perspective on her illness helped her find a positive path forward.

    • 32 min
    Navigating Gifts, Criticism, and Friendship While Managing Mental Illness

    Navigating Gifts, Criticism, and Friendship While Managing Mental Illness

    Today, Gabe and Michelle share their insecurities and lament that they do not feel more successful. They discuss navigating their challenges, the importance of support, and working to help others through their platform despite personal struggles. Encouraging each other and their audience, they emphasize self-acceptance, perseverance, and the significance of striving for improvement in mental health advocacy. Join us as Michelle and Gabe share some of the things that inspire them.

    • 40 min
    Can schizophrenics and bipolars be good pet owners?

    Can schizophrenics and bipolars be good pet owners?

    In today’s episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about the positive impact their dogs, Peppy and Paisley, have on their mental health, debunking misconceptions that people with mental illness cannot be good pet owners.
    While Gabe's dog offers comfort during his bouts of loneliness, Michelle's dog provides a routine and socialization, though she faces criticism due to the stigma of schizophrenia. 
    Join us as we share more of the advantages of pet ownership on mental illness.
     

    • 41 min
    Passively Suicidal: Are You Still in Recovery?

    Passively Suicidal: Are You Still in Recovery?

    Today, Gabe and Michelle explore the nuances of navigating passive suicidal ideation within the context of long-term mental illness recovery. They highlight that occasional fleeting thoughts of suicide don't necessarily signify a regression in recovery. However, they stress the importance of addressing any inclination towards developing a plan or taking action regarding suicide immediately. They urge listeners to reach out to their support networks and seek assistance. Additionally, Gabe and Michelle reassure listeners that experiencing transient suicidal thoughts shouldn't evoke shame or suggest a failure in their recovery journey.

    • 45 min
    Women v Men: Who Has More Stigma From Mental Illness?

    Women v Men: Who Has More Stigma From Mental Illness?

    Today's discussion explores the challenges men and women face in managing mental illness, examining societal expectations, medication, and support systems. What disparities exist? What similarities emerge? Who triumphs in the battle of the sexes?
    Michelle and Gabe also delve into the question of whether it truly matters who suffers more (spoiler alert: it doesn't) and why society perpetuates a competition of suffering. Join us for a thought-provoking conversation rooted in the timeless debate of men versus women. Listen Now!

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

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