Tag: Schizophrenia

Families Impacted by Schizophrenia

Two guests join us. The first is Chrisa Hickey, who is the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia and started an online site for parents of children who have a severe mental illness. The other guest, interviewed by co-host Gabe Howard, is Janel Star Withers, mother of host Rachel Star Withers. Janel shares her […]

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Schizophrenia Runs in My Family. What Does That Mean for Me and My Baby?

On the morning of my 25th birthday, I looked at the wall calendar from my spot in bed, horizontal and snug beneath the covers. And I waited. I knew what turning 25 meant in my family. My mother, who has struggled with mental illness for the better part of her life, started hearing voices around […]

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Podcast: Sexual Side Effects Caused by Psychiatric Medications

It’s common knowledge that psychiatric medications are prone to sexual side effects. It’s often referenced in the advertising. Since most people living with mental illness want to be both happy and have a satisfying sex life, this creates a bit of a quandary “The sexual side effects of [psychiatric] medications are the number one reason […]

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Podcast: Procrastination or Mental Health Issues?

Since time was invented, people have fallen into three main categories: Chronically early, on-time, or late. You don’t need mental illness to put things off until the last minute and it doesn’t take anxiety to get things done well ahead of schedule. “The world isn’t gonna wait for us just because we have mental health […]

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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! About Our Guest Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, MD […]

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Podcast: Religion and Mental Illness

From leisure activities to politics to relationships, people tend to be influenced by their religious beliefs. In this episode, Gabe and Michelle discuss the pros and cons of religious influence when it comes to treating mental illness and explore whether it is helpful when trying to reach recovery. “They are dead (by suicide) and we […]

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The Causes of Schizophrenia: It’s Probably Not Genetics

A new review article published in Psychiatry Research (Torrey & Yolken, 2019) reminds us how high initial hopes were for genetics to help explain the cause of schizophrenia: […By] the end of the 20th century genetic theories had become predominant. It was said that schizophrenia “is an undoubtedly genetic disorder” with “heritability estimates of approximately […]

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Podcast: Persistent Myths of Mental Illness

Myths spring up about everything that is misunderstood – and mental illness is one of the most misunderstood things out there. People are equal parts fascinated by and terrified of it, seemingly at the same time. In this episode, our hosts take a look at some myths about living with schizophrenia and even tackle the […]

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Podcast: Low Self-Esteem and How it Connects to Mental Illness

As a society, we suffer from low self-esteem. A lot. The entertainment media assaults us with beautiful faces and perfect bodies, making millions feel inadequate or even ashamed. We have school children who feel that anything less than straight A’s is failure. For people living with mental illness, the impact of low self-esteem is even […]

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Podcast: Family on the Run: A Story of Delusional Disorder

When Pauline Dakin was 10 years old, her mother took the family into hiding to escape imminent danger.  Fifteen years later, Pauline was told that they were on the run from the mafia.  At first, accepting of this explanation, Pauline’s doubts grew until she could no longer deny the truth: that there was no danger […]

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

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 […]

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Podcast: Mental Illness Advocacy Meets Two Truths and a Lie

This podcast strives to accomplish many things: we hope to be entertaining and educational, and we hope to make our listeners think about their own lives — or about the life of someone they know who lives with mental illness. “The man literally spit on me for handing him a pamphlet on mental illness.”– Gabe […]

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Podcast: Meet the Schizophrenic Stunt Girl and YouTuber

Rachel Star Withers is a speaker, YouTuber, and lives with schizophrenia. She is also a professional stunt woman and tends to describe herself as a “schizo stunt girl.”     In this episode, Rachel tells us a little of her history with the disease and details how she first started in mental illness activism.  Originally […]

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Podcast: Police Officers and Their Interactions with the Mentally Ill

Everyone is subject to interacting with police – whether one has a mental illness or not. The police, of course, are there to keep us safe and enforce the rule of law. However, when you live with mental illness, police have another function: first responder. In this episode, Gabe & Michelle discuss how people living […]

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Inside Schizophrenia: What is Schizophrenia?

What is schizophrenia? From pop culture’s view to Rachel Star Withers, a diagnosed schizophrenic, view of herself to a leading mental health doctor and professor’s view. What are the actual symptoms? What is the difference between a hallucination and delusion? What is it like to experience one? How do you manage it? How is social […]

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Podcast: Becoming a Parent with Mental Illness

Having children is a deeply personal choice and one that should not be taken lightly. Ensuring that you are financially able, emotionally stable, and mature enough to withstand the rigors of parenting is something that every person must do. All that said, how does one factor their own mental illness concerns into the decision? Should […]

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