How a Parent's Mental Illness Affects Their Children Podcast Episode  

I published another episode of my podcast "Loving Susan". This one covers how a parent's mental illness affects their children. I cover this subject using both data from studies, and information gathered from life experiences and great books. Hope it helps people! You can get it from any podcast provider, at the link below, or via the link:

Enjoying your loved one with who has a mental illness  

This episode covers celebrating what is special about our loved one as they are with their illness.  This is something I learned to do over the years which helped me enjoy my mom as she was.   

You can listen by clicking on the link below or search for "Loving Susan" from any podcast app. 

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How to communicate with a loved one with a mental illness  

This episode covers ways to best communicate with a loved one who is either symptomatic or in crisis from a mental illness.  I also cover best practices for communicating to anyone better. 

You can listen by clicking on the link below or search for "Loving Susan" from any podcast app.

What if they won't take medication?  

This is a very common challenge for people who have a mental illness and those who love them. Sometimes it's because of one of the symptoms of mental illness, anosognosia, which is that the brain actually blocks the person from knowing they are sick. And other times it is from a number of issues - the diagnosis is not correct, the meds are not a good fit due to side effects or they have not significantly reduced symptoms, etc. In this podcast I cover all of these issues and how to address them.  

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What Causes Mental Illness?  

Episode 2 of my podcast - What Causes Mental Illness?

Covers the prenatal, genetical, and environmental factors that increase a persons likelihood of developing mental illness.  I also share some helps to how to best support our loved ones based on this material.

New Podcast!  

I am excited to announce that I have created a new Podcast series called Loving Susan: Support for those who love someone with a mental illness.    The goal of this series is to provide helpful ideas and inspiration for people who love someone who has a mental illness such as depression, bipolar, anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder, ptsd, obsessive compulsive disorder, or schizophrenia.  Below are the first few episode topics which will be released once a week.  If…

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New Book! 

I'm happy to share that I have published my second book, A Computer Geek Speaks, Unusual and interesting stories from my career as a woman in technology. It tells of humorous and surprising escapades of my life, including tales of mistakes I have made, interesting people I have encountered, unexpected adventures, love interests, and all I have learned through my journey. To purchase a copy, email It should be available on in about 4 weeks.

Radio Interview 5/23 10 am 

Wednesday, May 23 from 10-11 you can hear me being interviewed on the NAMI Radio Hour, hosted by NAMI Tennessee at: NAMI Radio Hour on WRFN-LP 103.7 & 107.1 FM in Nashville and online at: . Check out the info on the NAMI Tennessee web site:

Praise from Readers 

I received several hand-written notes of thanks from some readers recently. Here's what they had to say “Thank you for sharing your journey with your dear mother in the form of your book. I cannot tell you how blessed I was. I hated to see it come to an end. The love showed through so brightly. What an encouragement to each of us readers to always love.” – Marge VanderKlok “This was a wonderfully written book! Such love and compassion in spite of the challenges she faced because of her mom.” - a…

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Father's Fan Mail 

I just received this wonderful email from Father Malamis of the Ascension of our Lord Greek Orthodox Church in Lincolshire. He beautifully officiated my father's funeral in 2014. Here's his kind letter Dear Alexandra I wish to thank you for gifting me your book Mom & Me: My Journey with Mom's Schizophrenia.  I just finished reading it and I felt compelled to write you to express how I was inspired by your story in dealing with your Mom's illness.  Your faith and hopeful outlook is something that…

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