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Dr. Carole's Couch

Dr. Carole's Couch

Tuesday at 1 PM Pacific

January 02nd 2018:Growing Up With a Schizophrenic Mom and Trying to Stay Sane

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 behav

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Joan Carol Lieberman

Joan Carol Lieberman is the author of a new two-part autobiography, Optimal Distance: A Divided Life, which she created from diary entries written since she was 5. Her mother developed paranoid schizophrenia shortly after Joan's birth and, from then until her death, her mind was under the control of invisible demons. Joan has had a fascinating life, making her home in many places - from Berkley to Africa. She has been awarded several fellowships, was a finalist for the Katherine Bakeless Literary Prize for Nonfiction and a scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
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https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1047/dr-caroles-couch 24/04/2018 01:00 24/04/2018 02:00 Dr. Carole's Couch https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1047/dr-caroles-couch 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. VoiceAmerica | Talk Radio | Online Talk Radio studio@voiceamerica.com false DD/MM/YYYY Add to Calendar
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