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Inside Schizophrenia is a long-form monthly podcast providing a unique perspective on life through the lens of people living with schizophrenia and psychosis. New episodes are published the third Wednesday of every month on your favorite podcast player.Each episode includes a conversation between cohosts Rachel Star Withers and Gabe Howard and an interview featuring someone with lived experience, a family member or caregiver, a first responder, or an expert to help us understand schizophrenia in a more meaningful way.

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    • 4.5 • 79 Ratings

Inside Schizophrenia is a long-form monthly podcast providing a unique perspective on life through the lens of people living with schizophrenia and psychosis. New episodes are published the third Wednesday of every month on your favorite podcast player.Each episode includes a conversation between cohosts Rachel Star Withers and Gabe Howard and an interview featuring someone with lived experience, a family member or caregiver, a first responder, or an expert to help us understand schizophrenia in a more meaningful way.

    Transitioning Out of Pandemic Mode

    Transitioning Out of Pandemic Mode

    We’ve all been through a lot in the past year. The global pandemic has been rough on everyone, and those living with schizophrenia have had some unique challenges. But necessity is the mother of invention, and all the chaos has led to some innovative solutions. Join us as Rachel and Gabe discuss some of the silver linings of COVID-19 and how we can all move forward in a mentally healthy way. 
    For a transcript or more information, please visit the official episode page.

    Guest Bio
    Craig Chepke, MD, FAPA, is a board certified psychiatrist in Huntersville, North Carolina with over 16 years of experience in the medical field. He works with adults and the aging population in all diagnostic categories, but has special interests in neuropsychiatric conditions, treatment-resistant/severe-persistent mental illness, and movement disorders. 
    His approach to treatment is personalized to each individual person, from the newest leading-edge medications to older underutilized treatments. He strongly emphasizes psychotherapeutic interventions and physical health and wellness through exercise, dietary modification, and supplementation. Chepke has also been named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a board member of the CURESZ Foundation. 

    About the Inside Schizophrenia Podcast Host
    Rachel Star Withers creates videos documenting her schizophrenia, ways to manage, and let others like her know they’re not alone and can still live an amazing life. She has written “Lil Broken Star: Understanding Schizophrenia for Kids” and a tool for schizophrenics, “To See in the Dark: Hallucination and Delusion Journal.” Learn more at RachelStarLive.com.

    About the Inside Schizophrenia Podcast Co-Host
    Gabe Howard lives with bipolar disorder and is a nationally recognized speaker and podcast host. He’s the author of the book, “Mental Illness is an A*****e and other Observations,” available from Amazon; signed copies available directly from the author. To learn more about Gabe, please visit gabehoward.com.

    • 50 min
    Unpacking the Stigma of Schizophrenia

    Unpacking the Stigma of Schizophrenia

    The main three stigmas of schizophrenia are:

    People with mental illness are violent and need to be feared.

    They have childlike perceptions of the world that should be marveled.

    They’re responsible for their illness because they have weak character.


    Host Rachel Star Withers, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and co-host Gabe Howard, explore the stigma of mental illness and share their personal experiences. Guest expert Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist and anthropologist joins to discuss stigma surrounding mental illness around the world and ways different countries have approached solutions. 

    Guest Bio
    Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist and anthropologist who has worked for 25 years to improve mental health services in countries affected by war and political violence, disasters, and other forms of adversity. Kohrt is the director of the Global Mental Health Equity Lab at George Washington University. Kohrt has sought to combat the stigma associated with mental illness through work with The Carter Center Mental Health Program, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and more. Kohrt developed the “RESHAPE mental health” intervention to reduce mental illness stigma among healthcare providers.

    About the Inside Schizophrenia Podcast Host
    Rachel Star Withers creates videos documenting her schizophrenia, ways to manage, and let others like her know they’re not alone and can still live an amazing life. She has written “Lil Broken Star: Understanding Schizophrenia for Kids” and a tool for schizophrenics, “To See in the Dark: Hallucination and Delusion Journal.” Learn more at RachelStarLive.com.

    About the Inside Schizophrenia Podcast Co-Host
    Gabe Howard lives with bipolar disorder and is a nationally recognized speaker and podcast host. He is the author of the book, “Mental Illness is an A*****e and other Observations,” available from Amazon; signed copies available directly from the author. To learn more about Gabe, please visit gabehoward.com.

    • 54 min
    Psychiatric Service Dogs for Schizophrenia

    Psychiatric Service Dogs for Schizophrenia

    A psychiatric service dog is a type of service dog trained to assist its handler with a psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia. These service animals can be trained to help people with schizophrenia identify hallucinations, ground them back in reality, and even remind them to take their medication.
    In this episode, our hosts explore how service dogs can be part of a person with schizophrenia’s support system. They speak with Shawn Gantkowski of Dog Training Elite Charlotte, who trains service dogs and shares what goes into training a psychiatric service animal. Listen Now!
    Learn more by visiting the official episode webpage here.
    Guest Bio

    Shawn Gantkowski, Dog Training Elite 
    Dog Training Elite Charlotte has developed a highly successful and unique positive dog training program that empowers dog owners and their canines to work together, creating strong bonds and sustained obedience. Training takes time, commitment, and balance.
    Dog Training Elite Charlotte is different from other training programs. We’ll be there every step of the way to help you and your dog achieve sustained, deep-rooted obedience.
    Our dog training services in Charlotte are personalized and designed to teach owners how to train their dog alongside a professional dog trainer in their home environment, as well as in small group settings. We strongly believe that the key to sustained obedience and training is to empower owners to be an integral part of the training experience. Most training programs require minimal to no involvement from owners and once the dog returns to their home environment, almost all progress is undone and owners feel just as helpless as they did before.
    Our passion for dogs and service sets us apart. All our local dog trainers are trustworthy, willing to be there for our clients, and love what they do. We want to build a community for our clients that love their dogs just as much as we do, and once you begin the training process with us, you become a part of the Dog Training Elite Charlotte family. Find out more at https://dogtrainingelite.com/charlotte

    • 48 min
    Homelessness - a Symptom of Schizophrenia

    Homelessness - a Symptom of Schizophrenia

    Isolation is a symptom of schizophrenia. Being homeless is isolating yourself from society, which is the extreme manifestation of the mental health condition. Host Rachel Star Withers and Cohost Gabe Howard explore how delusions, isolation, and hallucinations can lead to homelessness. Guest Bethany Yeiser shares her 4-year experience being homeless due to her schizophrenia. Learn more about Ms. Yeiser at https://www.bethanyyeiser.com/

    • 54 min
    Incarceration and Schizophrenia

    Incarceration and Schizophrenia

    The U.S. correctional system is responsible for having 10 times more mentally ill patients receiving treatment than any state psychiatric hospital. Host Rachel Star Withers and cohost Gabe Howard examine connections between having schizophrenia and incarceration. Guest Lloyd Hale discusses living with schizophrenia and his time in the correctional system after being convicted of murder. Years later, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Listen Now!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Schizoaffective Disorder vs. Schizophrenia

    Schizoaffective Disorder vs. Schizophrenia

    While schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia both share the prefix “schizo,” they remain two separate diagnoses. Hosts Rachel Star Withers and Gabe Howard divulge their personal experiences with schizophrenia and mental health conditions as they explore the newer-termed condition of schizoaffective disorder. Guest Dr. Michelle Maust from MindPath Care Centers joins to give a medical perspective on the differences in diagnosing these disorders.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

amtrak fan 123 ,

Helpful but could offer more specifics

Just listened to the homelessness episode (3/17/21). Why don’t you identify that the medication used to treat treatment resistant schizophrenia is clozapine? It seems like the episode went out of its way NOT to name it. Why? It is life-changing for many people and severely under-utilized.

ct taylor77 ,

Enjoying

I sorta stumbled upon this podcast but it’s perfect!! It’s something I have been looking for. Real people who are living their lives with a mental illness and the hosts are open and genuine. Gives us all hope

Funky Little Chair ,

Highly recommend

This podcast is excellent - always an engaging topic, thoughtfully researched and blended with plenty of lived experience. Thank you for sharing this information with depth, honesty and even occasional humor.

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