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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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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!



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Ep 4: Uncommon Things We Dislike About Living with Bipolar and Schizophrenia

Gabe Howard (Bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (Schizophrenic) discuss personal and public topics that bother them in society.  Michelle shares her frustration with being accused of lying about having schizophrenia.  She describes how people leave comments on her social media saying she is too competent to have a mental illness, despite her saying publicly that she takes seven medications. Gabe talks about feeling like a marked man when he applies for jobs because of his bipolar disorder.

Both try to come up with a new name for medication classification anti-psychotics, and discuss frustration with other people’s opinions of potentially spreading mental illness to their children. Finally, they discuss how mental health care is not easy for everyone to access and that is unfair.



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Ep 3: Don’t Discriminate Against Me. (Discussions From a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic)

Gabe Howard (Bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (Schizophrenic) talk about mental health in the current media and pop culture. Michelle talks about stigma and tells a story of Instagram insults.  Gabe talks about being accused of not being bipolar and shares his story of binge eating disorder. Both hosts disclose and discuss what it feels like to lead a public life with mental illness -- and how being discriminated against feels badly.



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Ep 2: He Said/She Said: Questions from a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic



Gabe Howard (bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (schizophrenic) ask each other questions that they must also answer themselves.  They ask about their diagnoses, dealing with symptoms, telling other people about their diagnoses, and where they think they would each be today if they weren’t saddled with mental illness. Find out what Michelle’s friends said when she told them about her schizophrenia. What do you think both of their moms think about their grown children's medication?



A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

Ep 1: Two Truths and a Lie: Stories From a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic

Gabe Howard (Bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (Schizophrenic) decide to play Two Truths and a Lie. Each tells three remarkable stories of the past. The other tries to guess which are true and which are not. Hear Gabe’s stories of Demi Lovato, after-hours strip clubs, and bar fights. Hear Michelle’s stories of dating hell, apartment fires, and medication hallucination. Which ones do you think are real?


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Introducing A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast is a new weekly podcast premiering on March 19, 2018. Hosted by Psych Central, the show will explore life through the unique double lens of Michelle Hammer, a young woman living with schizophrenia, and Gabe Howard, a man living with bipolar. Each episode will explore their past and present experiences as shaped by mental illness.

Listeners will learn about what it is like living with and surviving mental illness, and have a great time doing it. The hosts’ candid talk about their lives will make listeners never look at schizophrenia or bipolar disorder the same way again.