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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 the first podcast by people with mental illness for people with mental illness. Each episode looks at life through the unique lens of people living with depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. New episodes every Monday on your favorite podcast player or by visiting psychcentral.com/bsp.

The podcast is hosted by 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

Podcast: 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, we talk about these common feelings from the perspective of having additional mental illness thrown in, creating a blend that is no one’s favorite.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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. Listen Now.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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!


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: 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 discuss why people sabotage their own success and fess up to whether or not they are sabotaging their own.