Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman on Parenting with a Mental Illness

Monday, June 21, 2010

Untitled Doppelgangers: Living As A Bipolar (flickr: dreamglow pumpkincat210)

Most people know Michael Chabon as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.”

And most people know his wife Ayelet Waldman as the controversial essayist who once ruffled feathers by claiming she was more in love with her husband than her kids.

But behind Chabon and Waldman’s high profile writing careers is a very real family, consisting of two parents, four kids, and – as Ayelet writes in her book, “Bad Mother ” - her own mental illness.

For this week's family segment, Ayelet and Michael share their story of raising a family when mom has bipolar disorder.


Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Wendy Domann from Oklahoma

Discrimination against mental illness still exists especially in the so-called "professional fields." I personally know doctors, clinicians, military officers, educators, and lawyers who keep this part of their lives secret--not in shame but to protect their careers.

Jun. 22 2010 09:01 AM

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