A few months ago, a Florida woman called me about the sociopath in her life. It was her teenaged son.
As she told me of his disrespectful behavior toward her, his acting out in school and his violence, she broke down. This woman could barely speak through her tears.
To me, the greatest pain of any involvement with a sociopath comes when children are involved, especially when the sociopath is the biological parent. Not only has someone been deceived by a sociopath, but the child of the relationship may also become a sociopath.
Lovefraud has had nothing to offer the parents of children at risk for sociopathic behavior. Until now.
Introducing Liane Leedom, M.D.
Dr. Liane Leedom is a psychiatrist, who made, as she calls it, “the mistake of her life.” She married a man who turned out to be a con artist. The man is the father of her son.
Dr. Leedom studied at the University of Southern California, the University of California at Los Angeles and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Still, as I’ve said many times, sociopaths are expert manipulators. The best training in psychiatry had not enabled Dr. Leedom to detect his true character.
The man was arrested when her son was five months old. “When I realized that my son’s father was likely a psychopath, I trembled with fear,” Dr. Leedom says. “I held my little baby and wondered, ”˜What if my son grows up to be like his father?’”
Help for parents of at-risk children
Dr. Leedom spent three years researching the scientific literature. She believes that even though antisocial behavior has a strong genetic basis, there are steps parents can take to prevent their children from becoming full-blown psychopaths, especially if they start when the children are young.
Dr. Leedom has written a book called, Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child’s Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD. She also has two websites: justlikehisfather.com and parentingtheatriskchild.com.
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Liane Leedom will be posting on the Lovefraud Blog. Her articles will appear every Friday.
I am also thrilled to offer assistance to the parents of at-risk children. It may be too late for the son of the Florida woman. But for the parents of younger children, Dr. Leedom says there is hope.