In order to be diagnosed with any illness, a person must first show symptoms – in other words, something needs to go wrong. Living in recovery from mental illness doesn’t mean we are free from these effects; it just means that we’ve reduced our symptoms to a manageable level and learned to deal.
So, how do we do it? What’s life like on a day-to-day basis living in recovery? Do bipolar and schizophrenia still cause issues for Gabe and Michelle? Listen to this episode of a Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast to find out.
“Do you feel misunderstood because of mental illness?”
– Gabe Howard
Highlights From ‘Effects of Mental Illness’ Episode
[1:00] Dealing with the effects of mental illness.
[4:00] How Gabe deals with fidgeting at work.
[7:00] Mental illness as an excuse in the media (anger ensues).
[8:30] Gabe and Michelle have the same symptom (excitement ensues).
[11:00] When people tell us to take our medication (unhappiness ensues).
[14:00] Words vs. Context.
[16:00] How do Michelle’s symptoms impact in her life?
[20:00] What works best for Gabe and Michelle?
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 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.