Growing Up Too Fast: When Your Parent has Serious Mental Illness

Our podcast, Schizophrenia: 3 Moms in the Trenches , continues – and to listeners who asked us, “what about the children raised by parents with SMI?” – we heard you.

This episode (42) is for you!

Guests: Karen Comba, author of The Snipers We Couldn’t See: A Memoir of Growing Up with My Mother’s Schizophrenia

And Christina Lord, mental health advocate (Canada) daughter of a dad with SZ, 

First, your stories.

How has the experience impacted you (Karen writes about life “with footprints on her back”)

How did writing or sharing about it help? Or did it?

How did your experience- and the unpacking of it – inform the work you now do?

What do you most want other children of parents with SZ to know?

What do you want others to know – teachers, practitioners, other adults in a child-of’s life?

How to find happier places for your mind?


Books we mention: (besides our own, Ben Behind His Voices, He Came In With It, and Fix what You Can)

She’s Not Herself, by Linda Appleman Shapiro (formerly published as Four Rooms Upstairs)

I’m Not Alone: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness, by Michelle D. Sherman

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