In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe and Vincent discuss the pros and cons of disclosure with regard to mental illness. Should you “come out” as mentally ill? And if so, to whom? These are questions everyone living with a metal illness has to answer eventually. There are benefits to being completely honest about your medical history (e.g., not having to hide, helping the overarching cause), but it can also be detrimental to your career and damage your personal relationships. Whether you are still under a coat in the back of the closet, or hosting a podcast about mental illness, revealing your illness (or not) is a minefield.
Listen as Our Hosts Discuss Whether to Disclose or Not to Disclose One’s Mental Illness
“If you’re okay with keeping your mental illness to yourself because you’re not ready to deal with any of the negative consequences, that’s fine. Then don’t. Keep it to yourself. But a lot of us aren’t okay with that and we want to be our full selves around others.'” ~ Vincent M. Wales
About The Psych Central Show Podcast
The Psych Central Show is our newest offering — an interesting, in-depth weekly podcast that looks into all things mental health and psychology. Hosted by Gabe Howard and featuring Vincent M. Wales.
Gabe Howard is a professional speaker, award-winning writer, and mental health advocate who lives with bipolar 1 and anxiety disorders. Diagnosed in 2003, he has made it his mission to put a human face on what it means to live with mental illness.
Gabe writes the Don’t Call Me Crazy Blog for PsychCentral.com as well as is an associate editor. He also writes and Video Blogs for Bipolar Magazine Online. He’s been a keynote speaker for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), MHA (Mental Health America), OSU (Ohio State University), along with many other venues. To work with Gabe please contact him via his website at www.GabeHoward.com or e-mail [email protected].
Vincent M. Wales is the author of several award-winning speculative fiction novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. He lives with persistent depressive disorder and is a trained suicide prevention crisis counselor with additional counseling background. A Pennsylvania native, he obtained his BA in English writing from Penn State. While a resident of Utah, he founded the Freethought Society of Northern Utah. He now lives in Sacramento, California. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.
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