In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales discuss the challenges of returning to the workplace after being out for an extended amount of time, such as while recovering from mental illness. Gabe shares his first-hand experience of returning to work after four years, including the difficulties he faced, the resources he relied on, and what he wished he’d done differently. Also discussed are workplace discrimination, advocating for yourself, and the question of whether or not you should disclose your mental illness to your coworkers (and if so, to whom and when).

Returning to Work After Mental Illness Show Highlights:

“The best advice is to own your story, take charge of your narrative, work really really hard, and move forward even in the face of incredible adversity.” ~ Gabe Howard

[0:59]               Gabe shares the story of returning to work after four years.

[4:55]               How your therapist can help with your return to work.

[6:37]               Skills and resources to make your return easier.

[8:07]               Gabe tells of his experience with workplace discrimination.

[9:14]               Should you disclose your mental illness to your coworkers?

[11:02]             Potential positive results of disclosing your mental illness.

[14:23]             What do we mean by “reasonable accommodations”?

[18:36]             Tips on being your own advocate.            

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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