By Stephen Fried, Patrick J. Kennedy
*A long island instances Bestseller**
Patrick J. Kennedy, the previous congressman and youngest baby of Senator Ted Kennedy, information his own and political conflict with psychological ailment and habit, exploring psychological healthiness care's background within the state along his and each family's inner most struggles.
On might five, 2006, the New York Times ran tales, “Patrick Kennedy Crashes automobile into Capitol Barrier” after which, a number of hours later, “Patrick Kennedy Says He'll search support for Addiction.” It was once the 1st time that the preferred Rhode Island congressman had publicly disclosed his habit to prescription painkillers, the genuine quantity of his fight with bipolar ailment and his plan to instantly search therapy. which could were the tip of his profession, yet as a substitute it was once the start.
Since then, Kennedy has develop into the nation’s prime suggest for psychological overall healthiness and substance abuse care, learn and coverage either out and in of Congress. And ever when you consider that passing the landmark psychological well-being Parity and habit fairness Act--and after the loss of life of his father, leaving Congress--he has been altering the discussion that surrounds all mind diseases.
A universal Struggle weaves jointly Kennedy's inner most narratives, echoing Kennedy's philosophy that for him, the private is political and the political own. targeting the years from his 'coming out' approximately being affected by bipolar sickness and habit to the current day, the ebook examines Kennedy's trip towards restoration and displays on Americans' propensity to regard psychological health problems as "family secrets."
Beyond his personal tale, although, Kennedy creates a roadmap for equality within the psychological future health neighborhood, and descriptions a daring plan for the way forward for psychological well-being coverage. Written with award-winning healthcare journalist and best-selling writer Stephen Fried, A universal Struggle is either a cry for empathy and a decision to motion.
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Extra info for A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
I’ve been in Shoreham ever since. Walingame is looking for me, I’m sure; we didn’t part on good terms. And there it is. ” “I’m sorry for the loss of your sister. It must have been ter- 48 Susan Johnson rible to ﬁnd her so abused. If I can help in any way, you need but ask. ” “I want nothing more to do with any of them. If I were inclined to take action against them, I fear they may retaliate by taking Cricket away. Legally, they have every right. ” “Yes. And thank you for your offer, but we are managing willy-nilly.
He explained, in an edited fashion similar to hers, how Eddie had literally brought him back from the dead after ﬁnding him in the mass of slain bodies at Waterloo. “He nursed me with the help of a local peasant family, and after a very bad week, he tells me, he began to have hope that I might survive. My family was frantic, of course; they’d come over to Belgium looking for me. Eventually, we were reunited, I was carried home, and I’ve been here ever since. ” He smiled tightly. ” “Constantly.
He slid into a lounging pose and gazed at her from under his lashes. ” “Surely, if anyone understands adoration and worship, you must. ” She made a moue. ” He tipped his head ever so slightly. “Now— enough of such inanities. ” Whether she was simply postponing an explanation or whether she would deny him one, she wasn’t sure. He spoke then in a general way of his loss of interest in the fashionable world, telling her a little of his daily routine, of his family and stable. “Eddie is pleased that I’ve decided to race my thoroughbreds again.
A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Stephen Fried, Patrick J. Kennedy