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Ep 16: Violence, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar. Oh My!

Many people believe that violence and mental illness are linked in such a way that all mentally ill people will – eventually – be violent. Some people go as far as to believe that violence is only perpetrated by people with mental illness.

In this episode, Gabe & Michelle explore these assumptions, thoughts, and ideas from their perspectives as people living with bipolar and schizophrenia.

They discuss the president’s views on people with mental illness being responsible for seemingly all gun violence. They discuss why society is so quick to believe that mental illness and violence are intrinsically linked. But, ultimately, they discuss how these beliefs make them – as people living with bipolar and schizophrenia – feel.


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“Evil is not a symptom of mental illness.”
– Michelle Hammer


Highlights From ‘Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and Violence’ Episode

[2:00] Michelle talks about her aggressive lacrosse playing. Was it mental illness?

[6:10] Gabe talks about police and mental health crisis interventions.

[10:50] What the courts and society say about mass shooters and mental illness.

[16:00] What if the media is right about mental illness and violence?

[20:00] Why does society believe that violence is only caused by people with mental illness?

[21:30] Unpacking schizophrenia and privilege.


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.


Ep 16: Violence, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar. Oh My!

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Podcast, N. (2018). Ep 16: Violence, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar. Oh My!. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 26, 2020, from
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