Today I am happy to host an interview on Rave Waves BlogTalk Radio/Spotlight Honors with Rachel Pruchno the author of Surrounded By Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets. Tune in at 11:00 CDT today. Here is the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ravereviewsbookclub/2015/08/20/rrbc-rave-waves-blog-talk-radio-spotlight-honors-with-guest-rachel-pruchno-1 You can also go to Twitter #RRBCSpotlightHonors and be part of the show with questions for Rachel. Click live after the hashtag. You can also visit Rachel on Facebook and on twitter @RachelPruchno
Rachel Pruchno is Director of Research at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging and Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine at Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University. Dr. Pruchno has been the Principal Investigator on numerous research grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Retirement Research Foundation, and the Cleveland Foundation. For more than 3 decades, Dr. Pruchno’s research has focused on issues regarding mental health and families. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, 10 invited book chapters, and an edited book. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist, a leading scientific journal, since 2011. In March 2014, Dr. Pruchno published her book, “Surrounded By Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets.”
“What was the likelihood my adopted daughter would have my father’s hazel eyes and my mother’s mental illness?”
In this fiercely candid memoir, Dr. Pruchno, a scientist widely acclaimed for her research on mental illness and families, shows how mental illness threatened to destroy her own family. Not once, but twice.
As a child, she didn’t understand her mother’s episodes of crippling sadness or whirlwind activity. As a mother, she feared her daughter Sophie would follow in the footsteps of the grandmother Sophie never knew.
Unraveling the mysteries of her mother’s and daughter’s illnesses, Pruchno fought to preserve her marriage and protect her son. But it was not until she came to terms with her own secrets that she truly understood the destructive and pervasive effects mental illness has on families.
Surrounded by Madness is transforming. It will empower families to stop hiding and start talking when mental illness strikes.