Recovery, It’s More Than A Word

As a mental health blogger and a person living with mental illness, I often use the word recovery. In fact, In my quest to educate the world, I am very open about my illness, but I’m also quick to let people know that I’m living well. In other words, I tell people that I’m a person in recovery. [...]

By |2017-10-12T10:55:58-04:00October 12th, 2017|Advocacy, Mental Illness|Comments Off on Recovery, It’s More Than A Word

How Is Depression Physically Painful? (Video)

In this video, Gabe Howard answers the question “is depression physically painful?” He also invites you to share your thoughts in the comments section below. General Transcript “Is Depression Physically Painful?” Video My name is Gabe Howard and I’m here today to talk about the physical symptoms of depression. People are surprised to learn – and in fairness, I often [...]

By |2017-10-05T10:27:36-04:00October 2nd, 2017|Advocacy, Depression, Mental Illness, Suicide|Comments Off on How Is Depression Physically Painful? (Video)

Mental Illness + Peer Support Group = Positivity?

Postive Peer Support As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and often feels disconnected from the “real” world, it’s no surprise I’ve spent a lot of time in online peer support groups. All of this was long before I reached My recovery, became a writer, or even heard the term “peer support.” For me, it was simply [...]

By |2017-09-25T06:17:43-04:00September 25th, 2017|Advocacy, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mental Illness, Peer Support, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mental Illness + Peer Support Group = Positivity?

My Life Is A Hair Pulling Experience!

“Truth is I cut my hair for freedom, not for beauty.”  ~Chrisette Michele When I was about 13 years old — 27 or so years ago — I decided to grow a ponytail. Before that, my parents chose my hair style and kept it short. At the time, I just wanted to look like my 80s hair [...]

By |2017-09-13T19:06:43-04:00September 13th, 2017|Advocacy, Depression, Mental Illness, Relationships|Comments Off on My Life Is A Hair Pulling Experience!

Bullied, From Childhood to Twenty Five Years Later

My name is Gabe Howard and I’m forty years old. I’m outgoing and charismatic, and I make my living as a writer and speaker. Despite a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, my adult life is stable and I’m content. When it comes to my childhood, many things stand out, but — even all these years later — the biggest defining event [...]

By |2017-09-14T04:59:39-04:00September 7th, 2017|Depression, Mental Illness, Relationships, Suicide|Comments Off on Bullied, From Childhood to Twenty Five Years Later

Is Publicly Diagnosing the President A Question for Professional Ethics?

As much as we’d like to believe that psychiatrists — as well as other mental health professionals — are above reproach, the truth is that they are people first. And people come with opinions, biases, and agendas. It’s because they are people first that governing bodies have come up with rules to govern their professional [...]

By |2017-09-06T11:40:29-04:00September 6th, 2017|Mental Illness|Comments Off on Is Publicly Diagnosing the President A Question for Professional Ethics?

Is Your Teen Threatening Suicide in a Manipulative Way?

Teenagers have a tendency to be dramatic — and that includes throwing the word suicide around. Many of us don’t like to admit it, but we were dramatic at that age, too, at least to some extent. Now that we’re parents (or other relatives, mentors, caregivers, or friends) to a teenager, the [...]

By |2017-05-11T16:35:55-04:00May 11th, 2017|Advocacy, Caregiving, Family, Suicide|Comments Off on Is Your Teen Threatening Suicide in a Manipulative Way?

Mental Illness Crisis on a Cross-Country Flight

While on a cross-country flight recently, I witnessed a woman with mental illness, who was clearly in crisis, try to enter the cockpit of an airplane. The chain of events that led to this started in the back of the airplane, where I was sitting. This gave me a clear vantage point to [...]

By |2017-02-20T16:36:20-05:00February 20th, 2017|Peer Support|Comments Off on Mental Illness Crisis on a Cross-Country Flight