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Podcast: Amy Gamble – From Olympian to Advocate


Amy Gamble’s most surreal moment was when she walked into Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea, in 1988. In the years that followed, her bipolar disorder led her on a strange journey that included being paranoid that her family was trying to poison her, that she owned a cabin on a mountain in Montana (and how breaking into it led to a stint in jail), and finally to the path of recovery. From there, she has gone on to become an author and outspoken advocate for the mentally ill, speaking to audiences of all sorts, from high school students to the elderly.

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Show Highlights:

“[I’m] trying to normalize it, so that people know that it’s okay if something’s wrong, and it’s okay to get the help that you need.” ~ Amy Gamble

  • The simple statement that changed her outlook on bipolar
  • Her unexpected jail experience
  • Her scariest speaking moment
  • How today’s youth are seeking information

About Our Guest

Amy Gamble is a award winning mental health advocate and speaker. She’s a former Olympian and currently the Executive Director of NAMI Greater Wheeling.  She is also the author of Bipolar Disorder, My Biggest Competitor. Contact Amy through her blog, “Shedding Light on Mental Health.”



About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. He is also one of the co-hosts of the popular show, A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. As a speaker, he travels nationally and is available to make your event stand out. To work with Gabe, please visit his website,



Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. He is also the author of several award-winning novels and creator of the costumed hero, Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and



Podcast: Amy Gamble – From Olympian to Advocate

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