Gabe Howard (Bipolar) and Michelle Hammer (Schizophrenic) discuss personal and public topics that bother them in society. Michelle shares her frustration with being accused of lying about having schizophrenia. She describes how people leave comments on her social media saying she is too competent to have a mental illness, despite her saying publicly that she takes seven medications. Gabe talks about feeling like a marked man when he applies for jobs because of his bipolar disorder.
Both try to come up with a new name for medication classification anti-psychotics, and discuss frustration with other people’s opinions of potentially spreading mental illness to their children. Finally, they discuss how mental health care is not easy for everyone to access and that is unfair.
Highlights From ‘A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic’
“You’re sick, and you’re judged.” ~Gabe Howard
[1:50] People accuse Michelle of not being schizophrenic.
[6:13] Rejection from jobs because of mental illness.
[9:20] Let’s change the name of medications labeled “anti-psychotic.”
[12:30] Being told you are so lucky to be married when you have a mental illness.
[15:30] Intrusive questions about having kids and potentially spreading mental illness.
[19:45] Psychiatric treatment is not available for everyone.
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.