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Ep 21: Mental Illness and Dating: Romance or Tragedy?

“Just because you’re mentally ill doesn’t mean you don’t want to get married,” Gabe quips to Michelle during a recent conversation about the discovery of dating websites and applications aimed directly at people living with mental illness.

At this point, our hosts break into song and start singing the “Farmers Only” dating website commercial jingle, changing the last line to, “You don’t have to be lonely, at crazy people dot com.” Michelle adds in, “Sane people just don’t get it.”

This conversation sparked the topic for this episode of A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. Listen in to hear how Gabe managed to find three women to marry, about Michelle’s experience on one of the online dating sites targeting people with mental illness, and their thoughts on when you should tell a romantic interest about mental illness.

We really think you’ll fall in love with this episode.





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“Should two people with mental illness date each other?”
– Gabe Howard


Highlights From ‘Dating with Mental Illness’ Episode

[2:00] What do Gabe & Michelle think about the mentally ill dating?

[2:30] Michelle signed up for a dating site specifically for the mentally ill.

[6:30] Should two people who are mentally ill date each other?

[13:00] What has Gabe learned from 3 marriages?

[15:00] Would Michelle make a good wife?

[16:30] When do you share your mental illness to a potential romantic partner?

[21:30] Can people with mental illness sustain long-term relationships?


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 21: Mental Illness and Dating: Romance or Tragedy?

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Podcast, N. (2018). Ep 21: Mental Illness and Dating: Romance or Tragedy?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from
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