294: Gabe Howard on Mental Illness


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Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer, speaker, and host of the weekly Psych Central show who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. His new book, Mental Illness Is an A-Hole – And Other Observations, is what he and Eric discuss in this episode. You’ll be captivated by Gabe’s story as he tells it – it’s compelling, relatable, inspiring, and educational. Whether or not you have bipolar disorder or another mental illness, chances are you know someone or some people who do and so this is an important episode to listen to – you’ll deepen your understanding of what it means to live with mental illness.

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In This Interview, Gabe Howard and I Discuss…

  • His book, Mental Illness Is an A-Hole – And Other Observations
  • What bipolar disorder is (and isn’t) and how it shows up in his life
  • His compelling story
  • The myth that people with mental illness come from bad families
  • When he went to the ER because of suicidal thoughts
  • How he defines recovery: spending more time living life than managing his bipolar disorder
  • The 4 years he spent in a battle with his mental illness
  • How you have to learn what works for you – and how that takes time
  • The role of medication in the treatment of mental illness
  • How it stings when your body lets you down
  • Eric’s experience taking and not taking medication for his depression
  • Whole health wellness
  • Suicide
  • Don’t choose a permanent solution to a temporary problem
  • How suicide doesn’t end the pain – it transfers it to someone else

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