In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome as their guest, Rachel Star, a stunt girl and YouTube sensation who lives with schizophrenia. Rachel had schizophrenia as a child but was not diagnosed until her early twenties. She describes what it was like as a child and the moment she realized that the things she saw weren’t seen by others. Later in life, as an early adopter of online media, she began posting videos of herself doing outlandish things. The videos became quite popular, even being studied in classes at universities! And yes, she talks about being set on fire.
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Schizophrenia Advocate & Stunt Girl Show Highlights:
“People with mental health disorders… you can still live an amazing, badass life!” ~ Rachel Star
[3:29] Rachel realizes that no one else actually sees monsters under the bed.
[4:49] Finally, the diagnosis.
[6:00] Telling the parents… on a trampoline.
[7:35] How her father finally “got it.”
[10:10] Rachel Star: Human Torch
[13:55] How Rachel became a stunt girl.
[14:10] From YouTube star to college study subject.
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About Our Guest
Rachel Star is a professional stunt girl for television shows. She has documented her life with schizophrenia and mental health issues for more than ten years on her YouTube channel.
About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts
Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for PsychCentral.com. He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join. To work with Gabe, please visit his website, gabehoward.com.
Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.