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My name is Gabe Howard and I live with bipolar and anxiety disorders. I’m an award-winning writer, a professional speaker, and I do mental illness advocacy work all over the country.

In addition to being an associate editor for , I’m also the host of The Psych Central Show.  I write for bipolar magazine online, have been published by the Stanford University School of Medicine blog, and I’m the author of this column, Don’t Call...


The High Price of Your Untreated Agoraphobia

Guest Blog by: Greg Weber, who is the creator of Driving Peace.

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that's very common. There are about 200,000 new agoraphobia diagnoses per year in the alone. It's defined as having unreasonable fear of places or situations where you might lose control and become trapped, unable to get help. Derived from ancient Greek,...


Their Son’s Suicide: “We Did Everything Right.”

A few weeks ago, I gave a speech at a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) fundraising dinner. The event was designed to give different perspectives on the challenges our society faces related to mental illness and suicide.

I was there to speak about living with bipolar disorder. Additionally, there were a couple family members, a comedian who lives with depression, a public health official, and a man running for local political office.

I attend many of these types of functions and...


Does Depression Physically Hurt?

Over the past couple months, I’ve been suffering from depression. I’m managing, but it takes a mental toll. People aren’t surprised to learn about the mental effects of depression. After all, it’s a mental illness.

What people are surprised to learn – and I often...