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, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780399173325
0399173323
Characteristics: 422 pages :,illustrations (some colour)
Additional Contributors: Fried, Stephen 1958-

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iluvbooks63
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.

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rpavlacic
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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