In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the potentially disastrous effects of mental illness on romantic relationships, especially those in which one individual has a mental illness and the other does not. Drawing from their own failed marriages (two each), Gabe and Vincent talk about the role mental illness played in the ending of the relationships, including when they were undiagnosed or diagnosed but with little or no treatment. Gabe also shares advice for those in such relationships on how to minimize the impact of mental illness on the relationships themselves, based on his successful third marriage.


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“If I give [my wife] credit for anything, it’s that she’s been willing to make mistakes – because it’s in those mistakes that we’ve learned together.” ~ Gabe Howard

[1:40]   What are the difficulties in having a relationship with a mentally ill person?

[2:51]   Examining the role of mental illness in Gabe’s marriages.

[9:00] Examining the role of mental illness in Vincent’s marriages.

[10:41] Honesty and education about mental illness are vital for relationships.

[13:43] Making mistakes in the relationships.

[14:16] What a potential romantic partner needs to know before becoming involved.


About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website,




Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at and