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Podcast: Serious Questions About Life with Bipolar Disorder

"My Mom and Dad didn't notice anything. My friends didn't notice anything. It's not like anybody said to me 'Oh, my God, Gabe, you have bipolar disorder.' They all just sincerely thought I was an asshole. " ~Gabe Howard The final episode of season three features the host with schizophrenia interviewing the host with bipolar disorder about his life managing mental illness. Confused? No need to be, just listen now to found out Gabe's biggest regret, whether he would get rid of bipolar if he could,...

Podcast: Loved Ones Distrust Us Due to Our Mental Illness

". . . nobody wants to walk through hell, come out the other side and 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. But, once you come out the other side and start living the life you were meant to live, everyone gets on board with the new you. Right? Join our hosts...

Teen’s Use of Social Media, Facebook & Instagram Associated with Depression...

When NPR journalist Anya Kamenetz, whose husband works for Facebook, wrote a recent article about how "Facebook's own data" doesn't show things being quite so bad for teens who engage in social media use on their platform, she suggested that the evidence wasn't all that conclusive on this topic. Yet if she did anything more than a shallow dive, she would've unearthed dozens of peer-reviewed scientific studies conducted over the past decade about teens' use of social media. She wouldn't have relied on simply talking...

Podcast: Trauma and Mental Illness

"I believe like 99.9999% Of people have experienced some type of trauma. You think you haven't. The statistics say that not everybody has, but I disagree with that. Everyone's experienced some type of trauma. ~Michelle Hammer People with mental illness have almost certainly experienced trauma -- whether they are aware of it or not. Having a life-long serious illness like bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia, can be traumatic. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle share their personal trauma stories and discuss why people think that only people...

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. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Betterhelp. Save 10% on your first month with the discount code "BSP22" or by clicking here. About the Hosts of A Bipolar, A...

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 they readily admit sometimes the solution can be worse than the habit. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Betterhelp. Save...

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 what it really is -- death from mental illness. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Betterhelp. Save 10% on your first month with the discount code...

Podcast: Our Take on Gun Violence and Mental Illness

"They say, well, something's got to be wrong with you if you shoot a bunch of people. Yeah, I am not going to argue that point. Something's got to be wrong with you if you shoot a bunch of people, but It's not (NECESSARILY) serious and persistent mental illness." ~Gabe Howard Whenever there is mass violence in the United States, politicians are quick to blame people living with mental illness. These same politicians are often also quick to the cut mental health budgets and create barriers...

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 in high school. Two stories are true, one is a lie. The rules...

Simone Biles Bravely Stands Up For Her Mental Health

It’s easy to malign an athlete when they fail to perform according to our expectations. We do it regularly when a quarterback misses a simple throw or a basketball player misses an easy dunk. We do it from the safety of our recliners, safely ensconced in a world where we personally sacrifice little in order to express our usually-unoriginal opinion. When we watch the Olympics, however, that discontent when an athlete fails to perform can be taken to another level. There is a belief –-...

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