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Centenary College to Present a Discussion and Book Signing of Dr. Rachel Pruchno's Title "Surrounded by Madness"

02/13/2015, 02:46 PM

Hackettstown, N.J.  – The Centenary College Graduate Counseling Society, Psi Chi Psychology Club and the Counseling and Psychology Faculty are presenting a book discussion and signing of Surrounded by Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets by Dr. Rachel Pruchno at 6 p.m. on February 25, 2015 in the Sitnik Theater in the David and Carol Lackland Center. 

In this fiercely candid memoir, Dr. Pruchno, a scientist widely acclaimed for her research on mental illness and families, shows how mental illness threatened to destroy her own family.  Not once, but twice.

As a child, she did not understand her mother’s episodes of crippling sadness or whirlwind activity.  As a mother, she feared her daughter Sophie would follow in the footsteps of the grandmother Sophie never knew.

Unraveling the mysteries of her mother’s and daughter’s illnesses, Dr. Pruchno fought to preserve her marriage and protect her son.  But it was not until she came to terms with her own secrets that she truly understood the destructive and pervasive effects mental illness has on families.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one out of every four students suffers from a diagnosable mental illness and most serious mental illnesses – including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – are evident by the age of 24.

Copies of the book are available that evening for purchase.

“Dr. Pruchno will be covering a very important topic while also discussing her own personal experiences,” says Dr. Meredith Drew, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Centenary College.  “I am pleased that we will be able to have our students and members of the community benefit from her insight and expertise.”

For more information, please e-mail Dr. Drew at drewm@centenarycollege.edu

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.