A Common Struggle

A Common Struggle

A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction

Book - 2015
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Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, opens up about his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction for the first time. This candid memoir focuses on the years from his 'coming out' about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, and examines his journey toward recovery while reflecting on America's treatment of mental health.
Publisher: New York, New York : Blue Rider Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9780399173325
Branch Call Number: 616.890092 Kenne
Characteristics: 422 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fried, Stephen 1958-


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Aug 28, 2019

As the son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy grew up in the limelight and sought ans won a multi-term seat as a Rhode Island congressman. This book is twofold : it explains, in very great detail, his work to have mental illness recognized as an illness to be treated with parity along with physical illnesses. Parallel to this, he comes clean about his own struggle with mental illness and alcoholism, diseases which also affected his siblings, cousins, father and mother. The openness with which he delves into his demons is heartwarming. Part of the book goes into great detail about the U.S. senate and congress to bring a bill to fruition and some readers might find this tiresome. However, the love story between Patrick and his wife Amy (he did not marry until the age of 44) is touching.

May 05, 2017

I picked up this book expecting all "sunshine and rainbows", but was pleasantly surprised by his honesty about his disease process and his battle for mental health insurance.

Feb 21, 2016

An honest accounting of a politician dealing with mental illness and prescription drugs. Although a big part of Patrick Kennedy's undoing was his own and not related in any way to the so-called Kennedy "curse", his struggle with bipolar disorder was very real. To his credit, he fought the insurance companies to ensure mental health gets the same consideration for compensation as physical health. A disturbing memoir, but a necessary one.

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