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The Psych Central Show is a weekly podcast that offers a candid, interesting, and in-depth look into all things mental health and psychology. With Psych Central Associate Editor and blogger Gabe Howard and featuring Vincent M. Wales. Tune in and have fun -- plus, you might accidentally learn something.

The Psych Central Show is a weekly podcast that offers a candid, interesting, and in-depth look into all things mental health and psychology. With Psych Central Associate Editor and blogger Gabe Howard and featuring Vincent M. Wales. Tune in and have fun -- plus, you might accidentally learn something.
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The Psych Central Show is a weekly podcast that offers a candid, interesting, and in-depth look into all things mental health and psychology. With Psych Central Associate Editor and blogger Gabe Howard and featuring Vincent M. Wales. Tune in and have fun -- plus, you might accidentally learn something.




Mass Shootings and Mental Illness

It seems like every day there is another mass shooting in the news: Newtown, Parkland, Odessa, Dayton. Most of these news reports refer, or at least allude, to the shooter having mental illness. But is this true? Common wisdom holds that someone must be mentally ill to do such a thing. But is it really that simple? Join us for a nuanced discussion with Dr. John Grohol, the founder of, as he explains how media bias and slanted reporting have contributed to the myths and...


Comfort Zones Aren't Where We Grow

Today’s guest has a simple plan for radical life changes: Step outside of your comfort zone. Lucia Giovannini is a former supermodel-turned-psychologist whose new book advises that the path to a meaningful life lies in stretching our intellectual and emotional abilities. Lucia believes that making a concentrated effort to learn and grow on a daily basis can make you a happier person and help you realize your true potential. And isn’t that the goal of a well-lived life? Listen in as Lucia...


How Introverted People Can Excel in An Extroverted World

Today’s guest is a self-described introvert who wants to help her fellow introverts improve their lives and careers. What makes someone an introvert? Is it just shyness? What is the difference between extroverts and introverts? How is the workplace skewed to favorite extroverts? What can introverts do to make up for that imbalance? What additional challenges do introverted women face? Join us for answers to these questions and more! Guest information for ‘Introverts Versus Extroverts’...


Simple Psychology Explanations with Dr. Ali Mattu

Do you enjoy watching YouTube videos on psychology and mental health topics? But are you tired of wading through all the mindless fluff, meaningless new-age jargon and overly pedantic lectures? There is a better option out there - The Psych Show, created by Dr. Ali Mattu. It might seem frivolous, but YouTube videos aren’t going anywhere. They have become one of the most common ways we access information, and this is especially true for young people. Join us as Dr. Mattu tells us how a PhD...


Bonus Content: Families Impacted by Schizophrenia (Inside Schizophrenia Podcast)

Schizophrenia does not just affect the person with schizophrenia, but their families, also. This episode of Inside Schizophrenia explores the family relationships impacted by schizophrenia, both immediate and extended. 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...


Planning for Death and Why It Matters

In this episode, Gabe talks with editor-in-chief Dr. John Grohol about the importance of planning for the end of life. We all know that everybody dies, but at the same time, no one wants to think about their own inevitable death. Do you know how you would like the end of your life to go? What if you needed to make that decision for a loved one? Do you know what they want? Would they want to be resuscitated? Do they want to die at home or in a hospital? Do you even know what...


Children’s Treatment for Mental Health Issues

Today’s guest is Okpara Rice, CEO of Tanager Place, a mental health facility for children in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Unlike adults, children are not in control of their own environment, and anything that affects a child will affect their families, and vice versa. So, what is the best way to help these kids? Join us as Okpara and Gabe talk about the importance of a holistic approach to mental illness in children, approaches which may or may not include medication. Okpara joined Tanager Place of...


Policing and the Mentally Ill: A Better Approach

Police officers are often the first responders when someone is having a mental illness crisis. But are members of law enforcement properly equipped for this job? There are plenty of horrifying stories that would indicate that the answer is “no.” How do we change this? Join us as Gabe speaks with Officer Rebecca Skillern from the Huston, Texas, Police Department about how Houston is training its officers to respond to these difficult calls. Officer Rebecca Skillern, senior trainer within the...


Sandy Hook: Community Healing After a Large-Scale Trauma

Do you remember the disturbing images from the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012 after a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 first-grade children? It was traumatic for all of us, but what was it like to live there? Today’s guest worked for 20 months on the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team. Melissa Glaser is a licensed professional counselor and author of Healing a Community: Lessons for Recovery after a Large-Scale Trauma. You can visit her web site at...


Learn to Live with Anxiety, Stress, and Worry

Dr. Russell Morfitt explains the differences between stress, worry, and anxiety. He tells us how using the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can be life changing. Listen to learn how you can free yourself from the burdens of anxiety. Dr. Morfitt is the co-founder of and the Chief Psychology Officer of He has been helping people live better lives for more than 20 years and uses that experience to infuse each program with his natural compassion and CBT...


Bonus Content: 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 symptoms as an adolescent and Dr. Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich from Harvard Medical School discusses some of the latest research. Listen in now! Bonus Content - Visit to learn more about the Inside Schizophrenia Podcast.


Openly Discussing Suicide in Our Communities

One of the most dangerous misconceptions about suicide is that asking a loved one if they are suicidal will increase the odds that they will attempt suicide. Today Dr. Nate Ivers of Wake Forest University discusses the importance of making “the covert overt” by asking blunt, straightforward questions of those you suspect may be thinking about suicide. Dr. Nathaniel Ivers is the department chairman and an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. The...


Online Teen Therapy: Everything You Need to Know

How does on-line counseling work for teens and adolescents? Are there a lot of differences between the experiences of teens and adults? How are parents involved? What are the safeguards in place? How does payment work? Listen in to see what online therapy for teenagers is all about. Haesue Jo, MA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with years of experience providing individual and family therapy. She is the community lead for our sponsor, The Psych Central...


The Power of Storytelling – What Is ‘This Is My Brave?’

In 2011, Jennifer Marshall started chronicling her challenges of living with mental illness while raising two young children. This became the very beginning of ‘This Is My Brave’ – a nonprofit with the mission of bringing stories of mental illness and addiction out of the shadows and into the spotlight. Jennifer is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of This Is My Brave, a mental health storytelling nonprofit. You can find her online at and The...


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 and she was being misled. Join us as Pauline shares how she came to this heartbreaking conclusion. The Psych Central Podcast is hosted by award-winning speaker and podcaster, Gabe...


Bonus Content: A Look into Possible Links Between Violence and Schizophrenia

An in-depth look at violence and its relation to schizophrenia. Is violence a symptom of schizophrenia? Do mass attackers always have schizophrenia? Are schizophrenics dangerous? 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...


Sexual Abuse: The Last Stage in Recovery

While searching for a way past her own childhood sexual abuse, Rachel Grant learned that many people don’t understand what, exactly, sexual abuse is and how to recover. Using her counseling background, Rachel was able to research and learn valuable coping skills to improve her own life. Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse. The Psych...


Meet the Schizophrenic Stunt Girl and YouTuber

Rachel Star Withers tells us about her history with schizophrenia and details how she first started in activism. Originally started to let other people know that they were not alone, her YouTube channel,, has become the longest existing chronicle of a personal experience with schizophrenia. Rachel creates videos that document her schizophrenia, share ways to manage mental illness, and let others like her know they can still live an amazing life. Learn more at...


Being a Professional Musician with Bipolar Disorder

There are a huge number of individuals with mental illnesses who have successful, fulfilling careers, despite the setbacks of their illnesses. In this episode, we’re joined by Erika Nielsen, a professional cellist, who shares the story of her diagnosis, the changes she had to make in her life, what it was like “coming out” as having bipolar disorder, and much more. Hosted by Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales. Previous episodes can be found at or on your favorite...


Bonus Content: What is Schizophrenia? (Inside Schizophrenia Podcast)

What is schizophrenia? What are the symptoms? What’s it like to experience it? How is it managed? The answers depend on who you ask. Pop culture has one view. Doctors have another. And Rachel Star Withers has a first-person experienced view. In this episode of Inside Schizophrenia, Dr. Ali Mattu joins Rachel and co-host Gabe Howard to explore this often misrepresented illness and how social media is changing the way it’s viewed.