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Author Kennedy, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1967- author.

Title A common struggle : a personal journey through the past and future of mental illness and addiction / Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Edition Unabridged.
Publication Info. New York, New York : Books on Tape, [2015]
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Summary 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.
Note Downloadable audio file.
System Details Requires Axis 360 app.
Performer Read by Johnny Heller.
Note "Penguin Audio."
Summary The former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy details his personal and political battles with mental illness and addiction while tracing the history of mental health care in America as it was reflected by his family.
Subject Kennedy, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1967- -- Mental health.
Kennedy, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1967- (OCoLC)fst00421039
United States. Congress. House -- Biography.
United States. Congress. House. (OCoLC)fst00536930
Legislators -- United States -- Biography.
Manic-depressive persons -- United States -- Biography.
Drug addicts -- United States -- Biography.
Patient advocacy -- United States.
Mental illness -- Social aspects -- United States.
Drug abuse -- Social aspects -- United States.
Mental illness -- Treatment -- United States.
Drug abuse -- Treatment -- United States.
Drug abuse -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00898568
Drug abuse -- Treatment. (OCoLC)fst00898588
Drug addicts. (OCoLC)fst01430242
Legislators. (OCoLC)fst00995828
Manic-depressive persons. (OCoLC)fst01007713
Mental health. (OCoLC)fst01016339
Mental illness -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01016602
Mental illness -- Treatment. (OCoLC)fst01016606
Patient advocacy. (OCoLC)fst01055001
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Audiobooks.
Downloadable audio books.
Audiobooks. (OCoLC)fst01726208
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Added Author Fried, Stephen, 1958- author.
Heller, Johnny, narrator.
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Kennedy, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1967- Common struggle New York, New York : Books on Tape, [2015] 9781101924006 (NjBwBT)bl2015041646 (OCoLC)902659458
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