Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches

From Partner to Stranger - Mental Illness and Your Spouse: guest, Patrick Dylan (ep 66)

May 17, 2023 Randye Kaye Season 3 Episode 16
Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches
From Partner to Stranger - Mental Illness and Your Spouse: guest, Patrick Dylan (ep 66)
Show Notes

We interview the author of Safe, Wanted and Loved - (Patrick Dylan)

Winner of seven awards, including a National Indie Excellence Award and Best Indie Book Award.

"Anyone out there struggling to navigate mental illness should read this thoughtful book."

—Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, founder of the Kennedy Forum

 "Pat, we need to kill the dog." A chill ran down Patrick Dylan's spine as his wife spoke—psychosis had found their family again.

When a sudden mental illness struck his wife, Patrick Dylan found himself living with an eerie stranger. Scared and unprepared, he began a desperate battle to protect her from a mysterious disease, shelter their children from her bizarre behavior, and recover the woman he loved.

Patrick Dylan joins the voices calling for an end to the stigma surrounding mental illness. He and his wife, Mia, live in Florida and have two college-age children. They hope that sharing their family's story will spread awareness of the realities of mental illness and offer support to others who are either experiencing a mental health crisis or providing care to an affected loved one.

We Ask:

  1. Before you share your story, can you tell us what you most hope people learn from hearing it?
  2. So - tell us about Mia and your family, “before” during, and “after”? 
  3. How has her illness affected your kids?
  4. We know SMI from a parental POV - what would you most like our listeners to know about what’s the same, and different, when it’s your spouse that becomes ill?
  5. You used pen names for yourself and for Mia, yet were amazed at how many were inspired to share their own stories. - What is your dream in fighting stigma? -
  6. What do you most worry about?
  7. What are Mia’s strengths?
  8. What do you wish you had known earlier?
  9. What else do you want us to know?




Mindy and her book:

Randye and her book:

Miriam and her book:


 Randye Kaye - was a morning Radio Personality bringing humor to CT families when her own son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she is still a Broadcaster, Actress, Voice Talent, Speaker, and Author (Ben Behind his Voices, Happier Made Simple)

Miriam Feldman -  is an artist, writer, and the mother of an adult son with schizophrenia. Her book, He Came in With It chronicles her family's story and was released to rave reviews on July 21st, 2020.

Mindy Greiling - Mindy Greiling was a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives for twenty years. She helped found the nation's first state mental health caucus, which successfully

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