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Liane J. Leedom, M.D.

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Just Like His Father?
by Liane J. Leedom, M.D.   

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Publisher:  Healing Arts Press, LLC ISBN-10:  0977801306
Pages: 

250

Copyright:  October 9, 2006

We all want our children to grow up to live productive and fulfilling lives. Sometimes however, a parent’s good intentions are simply not enough, since the genes for ADHD, addiction and antisocial behavior are found in many American families. As Liane J. Leedom, M.D. describes in Just Like His Father? some kids inherit genes that send them down a path of destruction. Science has proven that there is a genetic connection between ADHD, addiction and antisocial behavior.

But if these conditions are genetic is there nothing a parent can do? Although genes for ADHD, addiction and antisocial behavior are inherited, these genes interact with a child’s environment to produce these conditions. In Just Like His Father? the dance between nature and nurture that gives rise to ADHD, addiction and antisocial behavior is revealed so that parents can take action now to protect their children.

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In spite of many years of education, a career in psychiatry and a passion for science, I married the wrong men. Fortunately, this book is not about choosing a husband. It is about being a parent, as I have also been a single parent under the most difficult of circumstances. I raised two girls alone after my first husband moved out of the country. Then, when I thought that I had finally found a man who would love and cherish us all, disaster struck in my life. After only 16 months of marriage, my second husband proved beyond any doubt that he was not capable of loving and cherishing anyone. I had been duped, conned into a marriage by someone who had only exploitation on his mind.

Since I had a baby with my second husband; three innocent children were victims of my marital disaster. I had done the unthinkable, chosen a husband who could have really hurt my precious children, and caused us all to have to cope with unthinkable stress.

I felt intense fear when I realized what my ex-husband is–a psychopath. A psychopath is a person with the worst form of a disorder psychiatrists call antisocial personality. I was painfully aware of the volumes of scientific data showing that this disorder is both incurable and genetically transmitted. I held my infant son while disturbing thoughts filled my mind. "What if my little boy grows up to be like his father? (It has always been my belief that we are in this world to do good, what if my son lacks the capacity to share that belief?) If this disorder is genetic, is there nothing I can do? How can I help my son and not be responsible for bringing another psychopath into the world?" The concern over what could be was overwhelming. All those years of education and the best training in psychiatry, had not prepared me for this challenge.

With time, and healing, the shock of what happened dissolved, and I became determined to heal our family. I resolved to study the scientific literature to understand what is known about how antisocial personality disorder develops, and to stop at nothing to be the best parent I could be. As I searched the literature for the science behind parenting my at risk son, four truths jumped out at me.

1. Research regarding the development of antisocial personality disorder does provide real insights into how to prevent this disorder, and interestingly, some of these insights also apply to addiction and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

2. It is hard to find specific parenting guidance because of the difficult scientific terminology found in research articles. The literature is full of technical terms ("psycho-babble"). Among the countless and somewhat humorous examples is the use of the term "MRO." What is MRO? Since love is not a precise scientific term, scientists use initials like MRO (mutually responsive orientation) to mean love.

3. Given that even with my background, I had to work hard to translate the literature; I wondered how a person without such a background was supposed to fend for him/herself.

4. The American taxpayer has funded much of the very important research into how humans develop. Yet scientists have not reported the findings of this research in a format the public can understand. We all have a right to the information that will help us care for our children.

 





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Reviewed by Malcolm Watts 7/27/2007
Sad story Dr. Leedom. As a psychiatric social worker, now retired from F/T practice, I worked over the years with hundreds of women who had, for one reason or another, chose the wrong man. The impact on children and the women themselves from an emotional and financial perspective was often appalling. Some of these guys are socio-paths - more of them are little boys in adult bodies who are looking to GET something instead of GIVING and when they find out that parenting, in particular, requires a lot more giving than getting they bail out. All the best to you and your children. You sound like a fine woman, mother and physician. Malcolm Watts MSW Toronto
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 7/2/2007
Parents in the world need more people like you who can enlighten them, so that they may be prepared to better care for their children.
Children are our flowers, that we need to water drop by drop and protect them from winds. Continue your worthy endeavor, you are on a good path.
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 7/1/2007
Given that even with my background, I had to work hard to translate the literature



Liane,

I was born with the blessing/curse of have an IQ of 147, I also worked in the medical field.

I find it easier to translate legal briefs and terminology than a lot of the medical journals and extracts that I still occasionaly read.

Now, if on the other hand You, being a Doc and a scientist, have a hard time translating the material you are supposed to easily understand. The rest of us are pretty well screwed. So how then does the average person/taxpayer get a handle on this material?

From caring professionals like you. Bless you for being honest about the psycho-babble.

Now a lighter note....Maybe you should run for office and straighten out some of the bureaucratic mess.



Walt



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