In this episode of the Psych Central Show, Gabe and Vincent discuss feelings of guilt surrounding a mental illness diagnosis. Lots of us feel guilty about our diagnosis or our symptoms. We feel badly for the effect it has on our loved ones, especially when they don’t sympathize. Where does this stigma come from? Why does society make us feel guilty for being sick? Mental illness is something that happens to us, not something we do to ourselves, so why do we feel like failures? How do we help our loved ones understand, and how do we move past this self-condemnation? Listen in to learn more.
“Mental illness (Depression) is something that happens to you, not something you do to yourself.” ~Vincent M. Wales
Listen as Our Hosts Discuss Why Depression Often Makes People Feel Guilty
About The Psych Central Show
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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