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A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Blue Rider Pr
Publication date September 13, 2016
Pages 432
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780399185717
ISBN-10 0399185712
Dimensions 0.91 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
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**New York Times Bestseller**
**Now with an updated resource guide and a national platform for mental illness**

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.


On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He'll Seek Help for Addiction.” It was the first time that the popular Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his addiction to prescription painkillers, the true extent of his struggle with bipolar disorder and his plan to immediately seek treatment. That could have been the end of his career, but instead it was the beginning. 

Since then, Kennedy has become the nation’s leading advocate for mental health and substance abuse care, research and policy both in and out of Congress. And ever since passing the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act--and after the death of his father, leaving Congress--he has been changing the dialogue that surrounds all brain diseases.

A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy's private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy's philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political personal. Focusing on the years from his 'coming out' about suffering from bipolar disorder and addiction to the present day, the book examines Kennedy's journey toward recovery and reflects on Americans' propensity to treat mental illnesses as "family secrets."

Beyond his own story, though, Kennedy creates a roadmap for equality in the mental health community, and outlines a bold plan for the future of mental health policy. Written with award-winning healthcare journalist and best-selling author Stephen Fried, A Common Struggle is both a cry for empathy and a call to action.



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Paperback
Book cover for 9780399185717
 
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With Stephen Fried | from Blue Rider Pr (September 13, 2016)
9780399185717 | details & prices | 432 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.91 in. | List price $16.00
This edition also contains A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
About: **New York Times Bestseller****Now with an updated resource guide and a national platform for mental illness**Patrick J.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781611764659
 
With Stephen Fried, Johnny Heller (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Penguin/Highbridge (October 5, 2015)
9781611764659 | details & prices | 5.25 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $45.00
About: **A New York Times Bestseller**Patrick J.
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780399173325 Book cover for 9781628997880
 
Large print edition from Center Point Pub (December 1, 2015)
9781628997880 | details & prices | 576 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $35.95
About: On May 5, 2006, the New York Times ran two stories, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car into Capitol Barrier” and then, several hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He’ll Seek Help for Addiction.
from Blue Rider Pr (October 5, 2015)
9780399173325 | details & prices | 422 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $28.95
About: **A New York Times Bestseller**Patrick J.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780399185717
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Blue Rider Pr (September 13, 2016)
9780399185717 | details & prices | 432 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.91 in. | List price $16.00
This edition also contains A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
About: **New York Times Bestseller****Now with an updated resource guide and a national platform for mental illness**Patrick J.

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