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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

BS Podcast: Goal Setting When You live with Mental Illness


Everyone, of every age and from every walk of life, has goals. Sometimes they are life goals (like get married and raise a family), career goals (such as start and run a successful company), or daily goals (as in just getting through the day). People with mental illness have all those, too, but often have specific goals related to their particular mental illness.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

BS Podcast: Do People With Mental Illness Suffer from Trauma?


Many people don’t understand how mental illness, in and of itself, can be traumatic. Everything from the emotions, physical sensations, and even treatment – locked in a ward or a hospital, often against our will – is a recipe for trauma. While every person with mental illness is different, most people with serious and persistent mental illness describe being traumatized in addition to the impact of the illness itself.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 23: All About Mania: 2 Truths and a Lie Edition


Mania has an odd place in our society. For people who have not experienced it, it’s seen has as exciting, productive, and desirable. For those of us who have been consumed by it, we are either thankful it isn’t depression or devastated by its impact.


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.