As a member of Compassionate Friends of Boca Raton, a bereaved parents support group, I was pleased to meet Joan Childs at our last meeting. She spoke to our group about the tragic loss of her daughter and what she went through. She was very cordial and composed but I could feel her compassion for […]
I am writing thank you for your enlightening talk on Mental Health and the issues that caused the greatest tragedy in your life, the death by suicide of your daughter Pam. Our members and friends learned about Pam and her struggle with Bi-Polar disorder and how suddenly your life was changed. We saw the emotion […]
This perhaps is the most common question asked after someone commits suicide and the most difficult one to answer. In her recent article, Sanity Break, Therese Borchard likens suicide to sneezing: something you can’t help, an impulse that has a life of its own. Although I agree in some cases; not in all. There are […]
On July 2, 1998, where this story begins. LIFE AFTER LOSS: Victim, Survivor or the Phoenix? My choice… My 34-year-old brilliant and beautiful daughter leaped to her death from the window of her father’s fifteen-story apartment. After the shock and grief swept through me like an emotional tsunami, I realized I had choices. Would I […]
There is one day in Joan Childs’ life that she wishes she could do over: the day her daughter, Pam, a brilliant psychotherapist, plunged from a 15-story building to her death. In this vivid memoir, Childs (herself a psychotherapist) explains how her daughter’s life was taken by the most unforgiving of executioners: bipolar disorder. […]
I have so much to share and to give to the masses, that the muse that lives inside me won’t allow me to consider my age, my topic, or the money, effort and time it will take to manifest. I have always been a Phoenix or sort, and at this age, I cannot stop […]
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Psychiatrist and author, Joan Childs, shares the story of her daughter who struggled with a Bipolar disorder that led to her suicide and gives advice on how to help your loved ones who may be suffering from the disorder. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Sept. 23, 2014.