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: 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: Good vs Bad Vulnerability and What’s The Difference?

Today Gabe and Michelle continue openly discussing living with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, respectively, aiming to reduce stigma around mental health. Gabe expresses gratitude for the support that has allowed their podcast to continue, emphasizing the importance of vulnerability in their journeys and their work. Today’s guest, Sara Danner, shares her experiences with schizoaffective disorder, discussing the role of vulnerability in recovery, the challenges she faced with law enforcement and societal expectations, and how shifting her perspective on her illness helped her find a...

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...

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: Can Schizophrenics and Bipolars be Good Pet Owners?

In today’s episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about the positive impact their dogs, Peppy and Paisley, have on their mental health, debunking misconceptions that people with mental illness cannot be good pet owners. While Gabe's dog offers comfort during his bouts of loneliness, Michelle's dog provides a routine and socialization, though she faces criticism due to the stigma of schizophrenia.  Join us as we share more of the advantages of pet ownership on mental illness. About the Hosts of A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast Gabe...

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