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: 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: 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: Packing for a Psychiatric Inpatient Hospital Stay

"Isn't a pool cue like extremely dangerous in the psych ward? Like, you can't have any hooks on the walls. But here's a pool cue?" ~Michelle Hammer Being in the psychiatric ward is not the ideal way to spend a night, weekend, or longer. However, sometimes we find ourselves there. What should you pack? What should you ask your friends and family to bring? What is generally allowed versus never allowed? Learn all this -- and more -- on the season three premier of A Bipolar, A...

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 deserving of our efforts. But how do you prevent something when you're already suffering from it? Moving forward with depression is the best most...

Rod Martin Ph.D.

Dr. Martin is a Professor of Clinical Psychology. He has been studying humor and its relationship to psychological well-being since 1979. He has authored more than 50 scholarly journal articles and book chapters on this topic, and has recently published a book entitled The Psychology of Humor: An Integrative Approach, which provides a comprehensive review of humor research in all areas of psychology. He has developed several humor measures, which have been translated into numerous languages. In his recent research, he has focused on the...

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: We Are Frauds (Talking About Imposter Syndrome)

"Don't get mad at your friends when they don't tell you what you want to hear. Because what you need to hear is often more important than what you want to hear." ~Gabe Howard Gabe spoke at Oxford University in England and hosts multiple award-winning podcasts. Michelle owns a clothing line that is incredibly popular and has spoken for TEDx. Both of them are widely recognized and respected across the country as advocates. They also both believe themselves to be failures. Listen now as Gabe and Michelle discuss why they feel this...

Podcast: Season 4 Premiere: 2 Truths and a Lie

In this riveting episode of A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, join Gabe and Michelle as they embark on a gripping game of "Two Truths and a Lie." Brace yourself for a rollercoaster of emotions as they open up about personal stories from their past, navigating the maze of their mental health struggles. Tune in for an immersive journey that unveils the misconceptions and hurdles they encountered, and stay hooked until the grand finale where they unravel which stories are true and which...

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