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Podcast: Coping with Mental Illness Over The Holidays

Turkey. Stuffing. Families sitting down to dinner and…  arguing? For many people, Thanksgiving Day isn’t a day to be thankful, but a day to dread, especially for people with mental illness who feel judged by their families.

In this episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about how things can go wrong during the holidays and share some of their best and worst moments during family gatherings. The show also includes practical advice that you can use and share with your loved ones. 

Take a moment to relax and laugh this coming Thursday and – on behalf of all of us at A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast – Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy listening!





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“You’re the only person I know who’s mad at their mother for being proud of them.”
~ Gabe Howard


Highlights From ‘Thanksgiving with Mental Illness’ Episode

[1:00] Michelle and Gabe get ready for Thanksgiving

[4:30] Michelle loses her damn mind over the word “proud”

[9:00] People with mental illness want to be treated equally

[11:00] Our hosts debate traditions vs. obligations

[17:00] Someone once had a massive panic attack during Thanksgiving dinner

[21:00] Practical advice on how to have a better Thanksgiving


Meet Your Bipolar and Schizophrenic Hosts

GABE HOWARD was formally diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2003. Now in recovery, Gabe is a prominent mental health activist and host of the award-winning Psych Central Show podcast. He is also an award-winning writer and speaker, traveling nationally to share the humorous, yet educational, story of his bipolar life. To work with Gabe, visit


MICHELLE HAMMER was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 22, but incorrectly diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18. Michelle is an award-winning mental health advocate who has been featured in press all over the world. In May 2015, Michelle founded the company Schizophrenic.NYC, a mental health clothing line, with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. She is a firm believer that confidence can get you anywhere. To work with Michelle, visit Schizophrenic.NYC.

Podcast: Coping with Mental Illness Over The Holidays

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Podcast, N. (2018). Podcast: Coping with Mental Illness Over The Holidays. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2020, from
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Last updated: 16 Nov 2018 (Originally: 19 Nov 2018)
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