Dan and Sue Hanson — Room for J: One Family's Struggle with Schizophrenia
May 4, 2006

Joel Hanson has schizophrenia and believes he is God. His parents reflect on living with their son and how they have learned to see mental illness, normalcy, and religion differently. Is there room in our culture to consider a schizophrenic personality as another form of human difference and diversity?

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Most chapters in Room for J are headed with a quote from wise voices, including Margaret Mead, William James, and Lewis Carroll.

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What a beautiful interview. My sister is schizophrenic, so I definitely relate with the views of Dan and Sue. There was a bit that made me swell up with tears. When Sue Hanson said she does see god in Joel, I cried because although my sister does not think she is god, I see how god is present in her too. Thank you so much for sharing Hansons, you just affected me in a very positive profound way.

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Dan and Sue Hanson

are the parents of a son with schizophrenia. Dan has written about their experience in Room for J.

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Host/Producer: Krista Tippett

Executive Producer: Bill Buzenberg

Managing Producer: Kate Moos

Senior Producer: Mitch Hanley

Associate Producer: Colleen Scheck

Associate Producer: Jody Abramson

Web Producer: Trent Gilliss

Web Production Assistant: Ilona Piotrowska

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