A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast

A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast was the first podcast by people with mental illness for people with mental illness. Each episode looks at life through the unique lens of people living with depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Its original run ended in 2019 after garnering massive praise in the mental health community and boasting tens of thousands of listeners. Now back for a limited run of 10 episodes with the first episode launching on January 4th, 2022. Episodes weekly through the end of the season.

The podcast is hosted by Gabe Howard and Michelle Hammer. Learn more about them here and subscribe or follow below (it’s free!):

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Podcast: Crazy Outtakes from the Edge (The Bonus Episode)

“Gabe & Michelle are mentally ill and crazy. It’s a rare combination.”
~Lisa Kiner

Bonus episode filled with outtakes and additional information. Put together by the show’s producer and editor, Lisa Kiner. Tune in if you want to learn more about how the show is made and how much work goes into the back-end.

Plus, it’s hilarious.

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Podcast: One of us Was Naked! Truth or Lie?

“I zone out on a train and I talk to myself on the trains and I was out of it on the train. I kind of left that part out, didn’t I?”

~Michelle Hammer

For the final episode of season 2, we play Two truths and lie. Gabe covers eating disorders, inappropriate behavior, and his hatred of language policing. Michelle covers zoning out, disclosing her diagnosis, and takes us back to her freshman year...



Podcast: Moving Past Depression (and Other Musings)

Why don’t we ever talk about how despite our best efforts, we are depressed? Now, let’s figure out how to move forward.

~Gabe Howard

We’ve all heard the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to depression, however, this expression holds even more significance. For one thing, there is no “cure” for depression, so prevention is obviously...



Podcast: To Therapy or Not to Therapy?

“People don’t want to see a therapist because they think that means they’re crazy. But, who decided that?”

~Gabe Howard

Today, we discuss the pros and cons of therapy. What it is, why it works, why it doesn’t work, and every tangent in between. Spoiler Alert: One host loves therapy and the other host doesn’t love therapy. Listen in now.

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Podcast: Died From Mental Illness (CW: Suicide)

It’s called suicide, but it should be called death from mental illness. We don’t die from “cancer-cide”, as an example.

~Gabe Howard

Last summer, Michelle Hammer’s friend died by suicide. In this heartfelt and vulnerable episode, Michelle discusses her emotions about her friend, including her anger and confusion. Both hosts discuss why it would be better if people saw suicide for...



Podcast: Nail Biting and Hair Twirling (Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors)

Why you gotta turn my nail biting into some big mental thing. I just bite my nails, why are people making it such a big thing?

~Michelle Hammer

Nail Biting. Hair Pulling. Skin Picking. All of these “bad habits” fall under the category of Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors or BFRBs. In today’s episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss their issues with BFRBs and some potential solutions — though...



Podcast: Is Mental Illness Trendy Now?

“Have we gone so far that the actual definition of mental illness has been lost and it has been sort of retconned to mean different?”

~Gabe Howard

“Hauntingly beautiful,” “ride the lightning,” and even famous quotes like “we’re all mad here” are often used to positively describe mental illness. It’s the “every cloud has...



Podcast: TikTok Star Kody Green Talks Schizophrenic Story Time

“I talk to people who aren’t there. I’ll have hallucinations pretty much on a weekly basis, even medicated.

~Kody Green, The Schizophrenic Hippie

Kody Green, better known as the schizophrenic hippie, is a TikTok sensation — among other things. But did you know that this podcast inspired him to start his channel? Our hosts were just as surprised...



Podcast: Loved Ones Distrust Us Due to Our Mental Illness

“. . . nobody wants to walk through hell, come out the other side and [Have someone] say, Well, but you’re mentally ill.

How garbage is that? It’s garbage.”

~Gabe Howard

Recovery is hard to both achieve and maintain when it comes to mental illness. It’s a long journey and in its wake are mistakes, missteps, and relapse....



Podcast: Handling Money with Mental Illness

So it’s like spend your money, have less money, get on Medicare or have more money, have no health insurance. . .

It doesn’t make any sense. You’re stuck in an endless cycle.

~MIchelle Hammer

Bipolar and schizophrenia can make handling finances challenging — to say the least. Even famous pop stars like Britney Spears have had well documented issues managing money.

In...