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A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Hosted by Gabe Howard & Michelle Hammer

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. Recorded after midnight in vacant locations -- tune in to see where they'll record and what they'll discuss next!

The podcast is hosted by Associate Editor & podcast host Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer. Learn more about them here.


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Episodes of A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 22: Psychiatric Medications and You: What You Need to Know.


“Just be ’med-compliant’ and you’ll be okay.” That’s the message that hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people hear every day from society and their treatment teams. The message is simple: as long as you take your medications as prescribed, you’ll be fine, healthy, happy, and symptom free.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 20: Is Mental Illness an Excuse for Poor Behavior?


Living with mental illness often means you make many mistakes, especially when it comes to how you treat the people around you. Some people believe that, because they were symptomatic, no apology is needed. But is that actually true? Is not taking responsibility for the negative aspects of our disorders empowering. . . or not? Listen in!


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 14: A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and Their Mothers


Our mothers are incredibly naive when it comes to what it's like to live with bipolar and schizophrenia -- or are they? In this episode, Gabe interviewed Susan Hammer and Michelle interviewed Susan Howard about their child's illness.

Each mother was asked the same five questions and given the opportunity to answer in their own words. Then our hosts came together and quizzed each other about how they thought their mothers replied.

Is Michelle's mother the detached woman Michelle fears? Is Gabe's mother as clueless and he often says she is? Find out all this and more when our mothers are put on the hot seat!


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 13: Stupid Sh*t Said to a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic


One of the drawbacks to talking to people for a living about bipolar and schizophrenia is that the people often want to talk back. While most of the conversations are supportive and caring, some of the questions and comments Gabe and Michelle hear are less than inspiring.

As anyone who leaves their house already knows, going outside means you have to endure some level of ignorance. Women and minorities have spoken for years about the stupid comments they’ve had to put up with from the public. We are not talking about blatant sexism or racism either, just little irksome comments that would otherwise go unnoticed – if they weren’t so damn annoying.



A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 12: 4 people, 3 mental illnesses, 2 hosts, 1 advocacy goal


After having way too much fun at the HealtheVoices conference, Gabe (bipolar) and Michelle (schizophrenic) welcomed two of their fellow advocate conference-goers to join them on the show to continue talking about the ups and downs of their advocacy efforts. They recount some of the unusual methods they use to spread the word, from riding around in Herbie the Love Bug, to airing YouTube videos of being set on fire, to standing in the streets of New York City selling clothing. Listen in as they share stories of encounters with the public, both appallingly rude and amazingly heartfelt. You won’t regret it.



A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 11: Listener Feedback: Criticism on our Mental Illness Advocacy


"Haters gonna hate" and "don’t feed the trolls" are common phrases anyone who has an internet following has heard – or said – a dozen times. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, Gabe (bipolar) and Michelle (schizophrenia) decide to discuss some of their "favorite" less-than-positive feedback.

They discuss how the comments made them feel, what they learned from them, and what they honestly think of the people who wrote them. Suffice to say that mental health advocacy isn’t for the weak.



A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 10: Schizophrenia & Bipolar Symptoms: 2 Truths and a Lie Edition


Listener favorite Two Truths and One Lie returns, but with a twist. Gabe and Michelle each share three stories about specific symptoms they have of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (respectively). All six of these examples are believed to be factual by many people, but only four of them are accurate. After sharing the examples, Gabe and Michelle challenge each other to guess which two of their symptoms are real and which one is a lie.



A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 9: Celebrities Out About Mental Illness: Helpful or Not?


More and more famous people are coming out about their own mental health issues. Everything from bipolar, depression, OCD, and anxiety. The struggles of living with bipolar and schizophrenia are something our hosts know a lot about. In the wake of all this media attention, Gabe and Michelle wonder if this has had a positive or negative impact on their cause.

They discuss celebrities like Mariah Carey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The conversation meanders around positives, negatives, and they dive deep into whether celebrities are the heroes in mental health advocacy or a distraction.



A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 8: Common Questions Asked of a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic


 

We answer listener questions in this episode of A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. Gabe and Michelle both have stories of their experiences with mania, and also discuss which they feel is worse, mania or depression.

When does Michelle tell the people she dates that she has schizophrenia? A listener wants to know why Michelle doesn’t act like the stereotypical schizophrenic. Michelle has the most fantastic response, according to Gabe.



A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and the Psych Central Show

As hard as it is to believe, Gabe Howard hosts another podcast, but with a different co-host! Michelle Hammer is his co-host on A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast (AKA BSP). In this episode, she and Gabe chat with Vincent M. Wales about how she and Gabe met (spoiler: their stories don’t exactly match) and how the BSP podcast came to exist. Additionally, they clear up some of the misconceptions about their show, share a few words about person-first language, and explain just why the show has a “mature” rating. And don’t forget to listen to episode 007 of BSP, which features this same trio, together in person in Chicago!