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

Brain and Behavior

Caregiving for Schizophrenia

A third of all people will be a caregiver at some point in their lives. Caregiving for people with schizophrenia presents challenges that many people are ill-prepared for.
Host Rachel Star breaks down the principles of caregiving and creative ways to navigate schizophrenia.
Dr. Sarah Kopelovich joins to share schizophrenia caregiver specific training.


Inside Schizophrenia: Love, Dating, and Marriage with Schizophrenia

Can people with schizophrenia fall in love? Can they date or even get married? In today's episode, host Rachel Star Withers (a woman who lives with schizophrenia) and co-host Gabe Howard review their own past romantic experiences.

They also interview Andrew and Stephanie Downing, authors of Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the Prize. Listen to learn about their incredible journey of overcoming schizophrenia and building a healthy, rewarding, and happy marriage.
About the Guests

Andrew was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of eighteen. One year later he was engaged to Stephanie. After two more years, they were married. Schizophrenia and mental illness in general have been the main obstacles in their fourteen-year partnership. Their marriage has been transformed by the healing power of Christ. They live and work in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and have two wonderful children, Ella and James. Glorifying Christ in all they do is their goal. They strive to make Him the center of their personal lives, marriage, and family.
Marriage and Schizophrenia: Eyes on the Prize Amazon Link


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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.