Living with mental illness often means you make many mistakes, especially when it comes to how you treat the people around you. Some people believe that, because they were symptomatic, no apology is needed. But is that actually true? Is not taking responsibility for the negative aspects of our disorders empowering. . . or not? Listen in!


“If we do something wrong because of a symptom of mental illness, do we have to apologize?”– Gabe Howard

Highlights From ‘Mental Illness is NOT an Excuse’ Episode

[1:30] Our first ever listener project!

[3:00] Is mental illness an excuse?

[4:25] Gabe’s story of apologizing after being diagnosed with bipolar.

[7:15] Michelle’s story of flippin’ out when she was off her schizophrenia meds.

[8:00] Are people who don’t take responsibility for their mental illness empowered?

[11:45] Does our illness control us?

[15:00] If we do something wrong because of a symptom of mental illness, do we have to apologize?

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.