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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 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: 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: 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 a silver lining" mentality. But is it true? Does mental illness have a positive side that is used to create things like incredible art and great literature? In this episode, our hosts...

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 as you. In this episode, Michelle, Gabe, and Kody discuss advocacy, hateful emails, and the benefits of putting yourself out there. Join us as two schizophrenics and a...

Do Smartphone Apps Help Your Mental Health?

Can smartphones help your mental health? Goldberg et al (2022) recently conducted a study to see whether mobile smartphone apps can help your mental health. The researchers' conclusion? "Taken together, these results suggest that mobile phone-based interventions may hold promise for modestly reducing common psychological symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety), although effect sizes are generally small (Ed. -- not true) and rarely do these interventions outperform other interventions intended to be therapeutic (i.e., specific active controls)." They conducted what is called a scientific "meta review" (also called...

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...

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 this episode, our hosts discuss some common issues, ponder some solutions, and vent about the obstacles people living with mental illness face while trying...

Podcast: 2 Truths, 1 Bipolar, 1 Schizophrenic, and a Lie

"It's called two truths and a lie. It's called A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast. It's not called blow sunshine up your ass and make you feel better." ~Gabe Howard Season two episode one brings back fan favorite Two truths and a lie where Gabe and Michelle each tell three stories about their experiences with mental illness and try to figure out which one is just made up. Plus, they announce a home version of the game for you to play -- and you can...

Howard Stern Goes to This Old-Fashioned Psychotherapy, Throws Shade on Other...

Howard Stern, the well-known radio-show host, is a huge proponent of psychotherapy. But whenever the topic comes up during an interview, he makes is more clear that he is a bit of a therapy snob. There is only one type of therapy that he considers worthwhile. Modern psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is typically provided by a psychotherapist who is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and other modern, research-backed therapeutic techniques. Therapists come in all shapes and forms, must be licensed in their state, and can have...

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...

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