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

Author(s): Stephen Fried

Feminism/Women's Studies

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.


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The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act of 2008--and his brave openness about his own health challenges. The son of Senator Edward Ted Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind for Research, which sponsors brain research and open science collaboration. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy, and their three (soon to be four) children. www.patrickjkennedy.net Stephen Friedis an award-winning magazine journalist, a best-selling author and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of two books on healthcare, mental health and addiction--"Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs "and "Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia" as well as "The New Rabbi," "Husbandry" and his recent historical biography "Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West One Meal at a Time," which was a "New York Times "bestseller. Fried lives in Philadelphia with his wife, author Diane Ayres. www.stephenfried.com"

General Fields

  • : 9780399173325
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Blue Rider Press
  • : October 2015
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephen Fried
  • : Hardback
  • : 432