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Ep 7: What do our Families Think of us Being so Open About Living With Mental Illness?


On this episode, we welcome guest Vincent M. Wales from The Psych Central Show podcast! Gabe and Michelle first talk about what their families think of the podcast, so far.

Gabe’s 80-year-old grandmother shares her thoughts the show, while Michelle’s Jewish mother has concerns about Gabe. But what would Michelle’s grandmother Blanche think? Vincent shares his stories of editing the show. He also shares some hilarious outtake stories.

Gabe, Michelle, and Vincent are enjoying being in Chicago and are so glad they got to do this recording together.


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Highlights From ‘Open About Mental Illness’ Episode

[4:20] Gabe and Michelle decide to discuss what their families think of the show.

[7:40] Gabe shares his 80-year-old grandmother’s comments on his story about strippers from the first episode.

[9:20] Michelle talks about what her “wild” grandmother Blanche would think of this podcast.

[12:55] Gabe is still mad that his mom yelled at him for something he did at Christmas in 1991.

[17:30]  Vincent shares his opinion of the podcast.

[20:00]  Vincent talks about editing the podcast and the feedback be gives us on each episode.

[26:00] Gabe gets caught saying something stigmatizing.


A bipolar, A schizophrenic, and a Podcast

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


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 7: What do our Families Think of us Being so Open About Living With Mental Illness?

Gabe Howard

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations, available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author. To learn more about Gabe, please visit his website,

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Howard, G. (2018). Ep 7: What do our Families Think of us Being so Open About Living With Mental Illness?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from
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