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Why Am I Dysfunctional?

I have been trying to figure out what’s the matter with me for the last 3 years. I was first diagnosed with depression and tried a bunch of SSRIs that had no good or bad effect on me. I then did a sleep study and was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia. I was put on modafinil and it helped a little bit but eventually wore off and now I’m on armodafinil which has even less of an effect than modafinil did. The doc also prescribed Lexapro (which i’ve been on before) with the armodafinil and this ...
Tags: General, Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Therapy, Personality, Adhd, Sleep Disorder, Dysfunction, Hypersomnia


Podcast: Host Has a Panic Attack Live While Recording

 Panic attacks have a way of popping up at the most inconvenient times – like when you are recording a podcast. In this episode, Gabe has a panic attack in front of the microphone and decides that the silver lining is showing listeners that even someone in recovery has symptoms. Listen in to this episode to learn about panic attacks and see if Gabe makes it out okay. (Spoiler alert: He’s fine.) SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “We call ourselves recovered, but these symptoms don’t ent...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, New York, Bipolar, Ohio, Anxiety And Panic, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Howard, Lisa, Kendall, Gabe, Sam s Club, People s Court, Auntie Anne


Podcast: Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, and Valentine’s Day

 Valentine’s Day comes but once a year and is experienced in different ways depending on your age, gender, or whether or not you are in a relationship. Not surprisingly, mental health status plays a role in the way this holiday is experienced, as well. Listen in as our hosts play the ever-popular Two Truths and a Lie to describe all they went through being depressed while dating. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “You don’t tell a girl, ‘Don’t take that pill.’” – Michelle Hammer   H...
Tags: Psychology, New York, General, Relationships, Alabama, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Valentine, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Astoria, Johnny, Gabe


What’s Wrong with Me?

From the U.K.: I don’t really know how to describe how I feel, and when I try it doesn’t really make sense but here it goes. I go through stages where I feel like I could rule the world, and that I sort of have these superpowers that nobody else does and can’t understand. I feel as though my mind changes so fast and that from hour to hour I could be one persona with certain powers, to the next hour to another. I don’t sleep much during this time, probably why I’m still awake at four in the morni...
Tags: General, Bipolar, Therapy, Bipolar Disorder, Mania, Acting Out, Out Of Character


Podcast: How to Tell Friends and Love Interests About Mental Illness

 A mental illness diagnosis doesn’t mean you can’t date or make new friends. It does mean – at some point — that you need to tell all the new people in your life that you’re living with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or whatever your mental health concerns are. In this episode, our hosts discuss telling the new people in our lives about our health issues – including the people they’ve dated. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “I had this plan that the third date was the right time ...
Tags: Psychology, Google, New York, Relationships, Friends, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Sainz, Kendall, Gabe, Reese, Michelle Michelle, Gabe Gabe


Podcast: A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic Discuss Feelings of Loneliness

 While depression is a common mental health issue, it’s not even close to being the most common. Listen in to hear our hosts discuss how loneliness can make a person feel unwanted and uncared for – even if they are standing in a crowded room.   SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “People think you can’t be lonely if you have people in your vicinity.” – Gabe Howard   Highlights From ‘loneliness’ Episode [0:30] Loneliness kills more people than depression. [3:30] Michelle explains l...
Tags: Psychology, Communication, Tom Hanks, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Starbucks, Wilson, Motivation And Inspiration, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Gabe, Anne Marie, Michelle Michelle, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic


In and through the Darkness of Depression

I am five days past deadline for this post when I see a message pop up on my Voxer app. There are 154 unanswered ones, never listened to. Ignored. Seeing it is another reminder that I have a life and responsibilities and people depending on me, and I’ve let them all down. Again. My husband comes home each evening after work when winter’s early sun has set to find me where he left me when the sun was rising. Sometimes I hear his   footsteps, thudding purposefully, a heavy noise less from the ...
Tags: Inspiration, Depression, Bipolar, David, Process, God, Courage, Waiting, Psalms, Wait, Keirkegaard, Redeemer Every


I Will Cling to What I Know

I sat in my doctor’s office awaiting his confirmation of my self-diagnosis. I had gone there because I needed some serious help: I couldn’t sleep, I had racing thoughts, wildly swinging moods, and a bunch of other symptoms I couldn’t explain. I told my doctor all about it, asked for tests, and gave him my diagnosis of some sort of weird early onset menopause. After all my explaining, I told him if I had to come up with one phrase to describe me it was, “It’s like I have bipolar.” Still I was sho...
Tags: Trust, Inspiration, Mental Health, Depression, Bipolar, God, Mental Illness, Encouragement


Podcast: Bizarre Questions Psychiatrists and Therapists Have Asked

 There is an assumption among many Americans that doctors are pretty darn smart and always know what they’re talking about. Psychiatrists work with the mentally ill, so they are certainly smarter than their patients. Because, after all, their patients are “crazy.” Right? In this episode, our hosts discuss all the times that psychiatrists and therapists didn’t live up to the hype – or stereotype.  SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “Therapists and psychiatrists. . . They don’t know everyt...
Tags: Psychology, Hollywood, Obama, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Michael Jordan, Professional, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, King, Danny DeVito, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Leah Remini, Leah


Podcast: A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic Talk Self-Sabotage

 Most of us are to blame for our failures, believe it or not. We didn’t practice enough, plan ahead, or work hard enough. If we are honest, we could have done more to succeed, but something stopped us. In this episode, our hosts discuss why people sabotage their own success and fess up to whether or not they are sabotaging their own.   SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “People would rather fail because they didn’t try rather than fail because they weren’t good enough.” – Gabe Howard   ...
Tags: Psychology, Apple, Google, Facebook, New York, Nbc, New York City, Turkey, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Forbes, Olive Garden, Mental Health And Wellness, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don


Podcast: A Bipolar and a Schizophrenic Discuss Psychiatric Medications

 Psychiatric medication gets a bad rap when it isn’t deserved, while simultaneously being seen by some as the end-all treatment for people living with mental illness. Our hosts both need their prescribed medication to live well, and that makes people around them ask questions ― some of which are weirder than others. Tune in to this episode to hear what they have to say.   SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “It took me so much pride to get over that I needed psychiatric medication.” – Mi...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Abc, New York City, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Medication, Amtrak, Medications, Tupperware, Penn Station, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Rachel, Health Department


Podcast: New Year’s Resolutions from a Bipolar and a Schizophrenic

 Just because your living with mental illness, doesn’t mean you don’t believe in all the weird superstitious customs our society loves so much. In this episode our hosts discuss their hopes for the new year, the resolutions they made, and how to have a good 2019 in spite of living with bipolar or schizophrenia. Listen in now!   SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW “If you’re not going to keep your resolutions, don’t beat yourself up by making them!” – Gabe Howard   Highlights From ‘Bip...
Tags: Psychology, New York, Seltzer, New York City, America, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Pennsylvania, New Zealand, Steve Buscemi, Casio, Times Square, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Diet Coke


I Believe I Have Nuances of BPD

I believe I have nuances of bpd, or emotionally unstable personality disorder having reflected on my life relationships and doing some of the tests. I would like to find out if I can do dialectic therapy by reading books in dialectic therapy. really my question is, to help myself as I am more aware of the way I feel, I can read books or watching videos, or if there is such a thing as distance learning dialectic therapy.or if you think that improvement on these personality disorders can only be a...
Tags: Psychology, UK, General, Bipolar, Therapy, Borderline, Borderline Personality Disorder, Self-esteem, Personality, Bpd, Group Therapy, Bibliotherapy


Podcast: Can You Actually Recover from Bipolar or Schizophrenia?

 “I’m in recovery from mental illness,” is a common phrase in our circles. Sure, mental illness is replaced with the specifics – schizophrenia, bipolar, or depression, to name a few – but the idea that people consider themselves to be living a life free from the symptoms of mental illness is a common one. However, is it true? Is recovery actually a thing? Or are all these people just deluding themselves? Gabe and Michelle discuss this – and more – on this episode of A Bipolar, a Sch...
Tags: Psychology, America, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Recovery, Inspiration & Hope, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Gabe, SAMHSA, National Institute of Mental Health, BetterHelp, Gabe Gabe, Michelle You, A Bipolar


It Helps to Be Humble

At the end of each semester, I require my writing students to evaluate in essay-form both themselves and my class. In evaluating themselves, they consider such criteria as their attendance, their grades, their participation and the new knowledge they’ve learned that semester. In critiquing the class, they judge the quality of the day-to-day life in English 11011. Did they like the textbooks? Did they appreciate the workshop format? Did they enjoy and learn from the assignments? In doing this...
Tags: Psychology, Kindness, Personal, Teaching, Bipolar, Creativity, Loss, Humility, Cancer Treatment, Humble, Stigma, Ego, Grief And Loss, Coping Skills, Cancer Diagnosis, Iowa Writers ' Workshop Then


Podcast: Can People With Mental Illness Be Happy?

 Those of us with mental illness are asked many questions about our feelings. For a lot of us, the most difficult one to answer is, “Are you happy?” It’s a difficult question to answer because happiness isn’t an easily defined concept. Most people assume that in order to be in recovery from mental illness a person must be happy. But is that really the case? Listen in to this episode to hear our thoughts on happiness, regret, and even a side story about Gabe’s first marriage.   ...
Tags: Psychology, Happiness, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, John, Jack, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Gabe, SOL, GAF, Michelle Michelle, BetterHelp, A Bipolar


Thinking About Dumping Your Psychiatrist? You Might Not Need To

It’s tempting. I’ve been there. You hit a rough patch with your psychiatrist and you think, “I’m outta here.” There may be some things you can do to not only get your relationship back on track but also give it a turbo boost. I want to explore just a few of the things we can do to improve our relationships with our doctors. First some basic facts. Psychiatry is a rare discipline of medicine and the population of psychiatrists is aging and not being replaced quickly enough by younger physician...
Tags: Psychology, Communication, Personal, Bipolar, Ptsd, Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Psychotherapy


PODCAST: Why People With Mental Illness Should Remove Toxic People From Their Life

 Living with mental illness means accepting that some things are out of our control. It also means tolerating annoyances like pillboxes, regular doctor visits, and the symptoms we just can’t quite get under control. But, does living with mental illness mean we have to keep toxic people around us? Do we, as people who are managing a severe and persistent illness, just have to take the abuse that people heap on us because at least we aren’t alone? In this episode, Gabe & Michelle e...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Friends, New York City, America, Star Trek, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Mars, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Don, Gabe, Vin, Michelle Michelle, BetterHelp


Podcast: Defying Bipolar Disorder

Charita Cole Brown was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 21. After reaching recovery, she became very active in her local NAMI affiliate for many years. Recently, her book – Defying Bipolar: My Bipolar Life – was published. Her goal with the book is to show that people can live well with bipolar disorder, despite how the disease is often portrayed in the media. In this episode, she talks about her story and also shares her views on the ways mental illness is viewed in different ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Maryland, Wales, Interview, Book, America, Bipolar, United States, Ohio, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, Vincent, Gabe Howard, Baltimore County, National Alliance


Podcast: Visiting a Psych Ward as a Guest after Having Been a Patient

 Recently, Michelle had to take a friend to the hospital because of her friend’s thoughts of suicide. This was the first time Michelle had experienced the mental health system from any viewpoint other than that of a patient. In this episode, she describes everything she experienced and how it made her feel. For many people living with mental illness, being committed to a psychiatric hospital is one of our deepest fears. Even people who aren’t mentally ill fear psychiatric hospitals ...
Tags: Psychology, Podcast, New York, America, Bipolar, Trauma, Schizophrenia, DMV, Times Square, Celine Dion, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Gabe, Hollar, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic


Annual Bipolar Disorder Meets My Birthday Article

Over the past year, I learned to never start a podcast with a schizophrenic. Honestly, it could be to never start a podcast with a New Yorker or a millennial, but since I operate in the mental health space, I’m going to pin this on my co-host’s mental illness. Which, of course, she’d correctly point out is exactly how stigma works. I learned that grandchildren, even the loophole variety, are time consuming and expensive. I figured out that, when you’re a traveling speaker, becoming TSA certified...
Tags: Psychology, Chicago, Self-help, Depression, Bipolar, Self-esteem, Bipolar Disorder, Tsa, Perfectionism, Achievement, Impostor Syndrome, Personal Growth, Success & Achievement, Columbus Dispatch


Podcast: Amy Gamble – From Olympian to Advocate

   Amy Gamble’s most surreal moment was when she walked into Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea, in 1988. In the years that followed, her bipolar disorder led her on a strange journey that included being paranoid that her family was trying to poison her, that she owned a cabin on a mountain in Montana (and how breaking into it led to a stint in jail), and finally to the path of recovery. From there, she has gone on to become an author and outspoken advocate for the mentally ill, speakin...
Tags: Psychology, General, Montana, Bipolar, Olympics, Olympic Stadium, Amy, Gabe Howard, Gabe, Seoul Korea, The Psych Central Show, Vincent M Wales, Amy Gamble


Podcast: Coping with Mental Illness Over The Holidays

 Turkey. Stuffing. Families sitting down to dinner and…  arguing? For many people, Thanksgiving Day isn’t a day to be thankful, but a day to dread, especially for people with mental illness who feel judged by their families. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle talk about how things can go wrong during the holidays and share some of their best and worst moments during family gatherings. The show also includes practical advice that you can use and share with your loved ones.  Take a ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Holiday Coping, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Gabe, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, MICHELLE HAMMER, Schizophrenic NYC


Let’s go crazy…

I never gave up on the good that was emerging in all that confusion that was labeled and pathologized by psychiatry. I was trying to emerge from the ugly conditioned toxicity of our society. And yeah, that's hard work, especially for traumatized sensitives which, if we've been labeled, drugged and institutionalized by psychiatry, we likely are. Crazy is a necessity if one is to become free. We need to provide safe places for folks to move through it. It is not what psychiatry tells us it is. Not...
Tags: Health, Music, Mental Health, Bipolar, Ptsd, Trauma, Crazy, Prince, Infertility, Reframe Your Experience, Psychiatric Abuse


Listen to This if a Doctor Has Ever Told You That a Physical Illness was All in Your Head

 Most people with mental illness are diagnosed between the ages of 16 and 24. This means that many people managing severe and persistent mental illness – like major depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia – have never faced serious physical illnesses before. So what happens when someone with a long history of mental illness reports symptoms of a physical illness, especially if that illness is hard to diagnose, treat, or see? Is it possible that the symptoms we believe we are...
Tags: Psychology, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Rachel, Gabe, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, MICHELLE HAMMER, Schizophrenic NYC, Rachel Star


Listen to This if You’ve Ever Dealt with Regret, Fear, or Grief

 On the same day as Gabe’s father-in-law’s memorial service, a synagogue was attacked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Gabe wonders if Michelle, as a woman of the Jewish faith, is processing the synagogue attack differently than he is. During the discussion, it is evident that both events affected our hosts, but in different ways. Gabe listens as Michelle warns about living life in fear of danger. Michelle listens as Gabe discusses delivering the eulogy for a man he didn’t particularly...
Tags: Psychology, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Grief And Loss, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Gabe, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, MICHELLE HAMMER, Schizophrenic NYC


Listen to This if You’ve Ever Played the Mental Illness Suffering Olympics

 Gabe’s granny likes to say that the only thing you need to start a competition is two people. And while we all accept that people like to compete over their successes – who’s faster, prettier, or richer – it may come as a surprise to you that some folks compete over who is sicker. Gabe dubs this contest “the suffering Olympics” and readily admits to having played this game, himself. “I wanted to prove I was sicker and it seemed important I was the sickest person in the room,” Gabe ...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Gabe, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, MICHELLE HAMMER, Schizophrenic NYC, Gabe Michelle


Why Does My Mom Go through Cycles Where she is Abusive?

From a young man in the U.S.: It seems like every summer my parents start arguing. At first, we thought it was just normal married problems but when we got older we realized that every summer my mom’s attitude flips and this time has been the worst. While my dad, of course, is not completely innocent my mom seems to be having mental problems that are the basis for the arguing. My mom gets really hyper to the point where it’s scary watching her. she can’t concentrate on a single task and will oft...
Tags: Family, General, Irritability, Bipolar, Medical issues, Therapy, Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, My dad


Listen to This to Hear “2 Truths and a Lie” About Life with Depression

 Fan favorite Two Truths and a Lie is back again! Listen to our hosts play the ever-popular game with the caveat that all the stories must center around depression and depression symptoms. Michelle kicks us off telling stories of her college days and skipping class; Gabe follows up with his high school days of being too depressed to go to class. In round two, Michelle discusses her religious experiences, while Gabe recounts the potentially true story of calling his insurance compan...
Tags: Psychology, Suicide, Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Michelle, Gabe Howard, Gabe, A Bipolar, A Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, MICHELLE HAMMER, Schizophrenic NYC


I’m No Psychopharmacologist

The summer of 2018 went fine. Tommy, my 13-year-old son, was enrolled in several summer camps, which he enjoyed; we had no discernible immediate family issues, and I was in a complete bipolar remission. It felt good to feel good. But then, the school year rolled around, and I got stressed out. I was teaching two writing courses at a local college, and I noticed a big difference between the calm I’d felt over the summer and the tension that going back to work brought on. There were classes to...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Bipolar, Bipolar Disorder, Psychotherapy, Medication, Medications, Manic Episode, Tommy, Antidepressant, Cymbalta, Depressive Episode, Hypomania, Psychopharmacology, Medication Change