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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: 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.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: Can You Actually Recover from Bipolar or Schizophrenia?


“I’m in recovery from mental illness,” is a common phrase in our circles. Sure, mental illness is replaced with the specifics – schizophrenia, bipolar, or depression, to name a few – but the idea that people consider themselves to be living a life free from the symptoms of mental illness is a common one. However, is it true? Is recovery actually a thing? Or are all these people just deluding themselves?


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: Speaking to a Schizophrenic Before and After Daily Medications


Resident schizophrenic, Michelle Hammer, is a different person when she first wakes up. Before taking her psychiatric medications, she isn’t as coherent, engaged, or energetic as we are accustomed to her being. For this episode – in a controlled environment – Michelle speaks with Gabe before taking her morning psychiatric medications so she can give the audience a small glimpse of how she feels when she starts each day.


A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Podcast: Can People With Mental Illness Be Happy?


Those of us with mental illness are asked many questions about our feelings. For a lot of us, the most difficult one to answer is, “Are you happy?” It’s a difficult question to answer because happiness isn’t an easily defined concept. Most people assume that in order to be in recovery from mental illness a person must be happy. But is that really the case?