Inside Schizophrenia Podcast

Hosted by Rachel Star Withers with Gabe Howard

Inside Schizophrenia is a long-form monthly podcast by people with mental illness for people with mental illness. Each episode looks at life through the unique lens of people living schizophrenia and psychosis. New episodes once a month on your favorite podcast player or by visiting

Unlike our other podcasts, Inside Schizophrenia engages the listener over the course of 50 to 60 minutes. Each episode features a conversation between Rachel and Gabe about schizophrenia, and an interview with someone with lived experience with schizophrenia, a family member or caregiver, a first responder, or an expert in schizophrenia to help us understand schizophrenia in a more meaningful way.

The podcast is hosted by Rachel Star Withers with Gabe Howard. Learn more about them here.

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Episodes of Inside Schizophrenia

Inside Schizophrenia

Inside Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia in Men

Men and women experience schizophrenia differently; from the age of onset to symptoms and how society treats those with mental disorders. 
Schizophrenic, Rachel Star Withers and co-host Gabe Howard continue the discussion of the differences from the last episode but change the focus to men. 
Jason Jepson, an author who has schizophrenia joins for a man’s perspective and Dr. Hayden Finch returns to explain the clinical side of the issues.

Brain and Behavior

Inside Schizophrenia: Psychosis in Schizophrenia

What exactly is psychosis? What happens in the brain of a person with schizophrenia who is hallucinating?
Schizophrenic Rachel Star Withers shares her personal hallucinations and delusions and Dr. Joseph Goldberg, who specializes in researching what goes on in the brain when someone is experiencing psychosis, joins to break down how the brain functions during psychotic episodes.
Host Rachel Star Withers, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and co-host Gabe Howard delve into these intense subjects in this episode of Inside Schizophrenia. 

Brain and Behavior

Inside Schizophrenia: Motivation in Schizophrenia

The word "schizophrenia" tends to conjure ideas of dramatic imagery: hallucinations, delusions, insane asylums in the general public's mind. Most people don't think of the boring parts that consume many with schizophrenia, like lacking the motivation to get out of bed, to make friends...
Host Rachel Star Withers, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and co-host Gabe Howard discuss avolition and ways to help motivate loved ones in this episode of Inside Schizophrenia. Family Counselor Ms. Breen joins to share ways to sort through dilemmas. And Rachel does an experiment on her own to address her lack of motivation in being social. 

Brain and Behavior

Inside Schizophrenia: Childhood Schizophrenia

In this episode of Inside Schizophrenia, our hosts tackle the topic of early onset – or childhood – schizophrenia. Host Rachel Star discusses her personal experiences with schizophrenia symptoms as an adolescent and Dr. Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich from Harvard Medical School discusses some of the latest research. Listen in now!


Inside Schizophrenia: A Look into Possible Links Between Violence and Schizophrenia

An in-depth look at violence and its relation to schizophrenia. Is violence a symptom of schizophrenia? Do mass attackers always have schizophrenia? Are schizophrenics dangerous?
Studies say people with schizophrenia are more likely to be a victim of a crime than the perpetrator. However, James Holmes, the movie theater mass murderer, was said to have paranoid schizophrenia. And a person can plead not-guilty by reason of insanity in court. This seems to be contrary to the idea of non-violence in mental illness.