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The Psych Central Podcast
The Psych Central Podcast is an award-winning, weekly show that approaches psychology and mental health in a casual and accessible fashion. Listen as our host, Gabe Howard, speaks candidly with experts to break down complex topics in simple and understandable ways.

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Nov 30, 2017

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 realize 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.



[3:29]   Rachel realized 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 stuntwoman.

[14:10] From YouTube star to college study subject.