Growing Up With a Schizophrenic Mom and Trying to Stay Sane

January 2, 2018
Hosted by Dr. Carole Lieberman

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Ever wonder what your childhood would have been like if you were growing up with a schizophrenic mom in an era when they didn't have medication to treat the disorder? Today's guest, Joan Carol Lieberman (no relation), has lived to tell the tale and she's written about it in her new two-part autobiography, Optimal Distance: A Divided Life. As a little girl, every day was a struggle to find the optimal distance from her paranoid schizophrenic mother. Her dad traveled a lot for his work, so she was left on her own to try to cope with her mom's hallucinations, delusions and sometimes violent behavior. Joan has kept a diary since she was 5 years old, and she draws from this to share her courageous story and give us a rare glimpse into the realities of mental illness. Her story has a happy ending, in that Joan managed to survive her childhood and go on to live a very sane and fulfilling life.

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Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman

Dr. Carole Lieberman is the psychiatrist the world trusts for help coping with today's times. She is also the preeminent authority on the psychology of show biz and the psychological influence of media. A multiple Emmy award-winner, Dr. Lieberman has spent over a decade analyzing the psychological impact of world events, as a guest and host on all major media outlets. She has appeared on "Oprah", CNN, “Entertainment Tonight, “Good Morning America”, "The Today Show", “The O’Reilly Factor”, Court TV, the BBC, and numerous other high profile shows. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including those from the Writers Guild of America, City of Los Angeles and the Film Advisory Board. Dr. Carole's latest book, Coping with Terrorism: Dreams Interrupted, a psychological survival guide, has recently been released. She maintains a star-studded practice in Beverly Hills and is listed in numerous Who’s Who directories.

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