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Resilience in Late Bloomers: The Case of Michael Maddaus

Who would have predicted that a teenager growing up in Minneapolis in a chaotic family with alcoholism and violence, arrested two dozen times, barely attending school, with no plans for any productive career would grow up to be a well-known surgeon in charge of training new surgeons at the University of Minnesota Medical School? Or that he would end up on television in  This Emotional Life?

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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: 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: 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: 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...

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...

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. 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 Schizophrenic, and a...

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