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.
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“Somebody came up to me after a speech and said, ’You just don’t look like a person with Bipolar Disorder’”
– Gabe Howard
Highlights From ‘Stupid Sh*t’ Episode
[1:00] A discussion about why nonsense comments are annoying
[5:50] Gabe explains what would happen if he went off his meds.
[7:00] Michelle shares one of the most annoying things ever said to her at her pop-up shop.
[10:20] Gabe names some common offensive things said to people with mental illness
[17:00] Gabe speaks about words like “nuts” and “crazy.”
[21:00] Michelle explains how she can recognize schizophrenia in other people through similar actions.
[24:00] Do Michelle and Gabe get offended when people ask them about their mental health?
[28:00] What should you do when people offend you?
Meet The Hosts of #BSPodcast
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 gabehoward.com.
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.