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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"All my adult life, I have suffered from a mental illness".

With that very public announcement at a press conference in Ottawa in 2006, Margaret Trudeau told the world how she had suffered from bipolar disorder, and saying the "unsayable" she not only "survived" (p.322) but triumphed.

In "Changing My Mind" Ms Trudeau has written a powerful and forthright account of the ravages of bipolar disorder.

Ms. Trudeau illustrates the devastating effects such illnesses can have. Bipolar disorder is a life-threatening condition. Suicide rates are high and can occur when the person is in the depths of despair or is overtaken by the frenetic dysphoria and agitation of a mixed state of mania and depression combined.

Ms. Trudeau describes her loves and losses; her marriage to the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau; her deep attachment to her children and the heartbreaking death of her third son Michel.

The book is an outstanding educational resource for the general public, journalists, physicians and mental health professionals. It will help to combat the appalling stigma that still surrounds mental illness and which is the product of ignorance and fear. It will reinforce the view that psychiatry must be practiced with a humane blend of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Alan Eppel

Sweet Sorrow: Love, Loss and Attachment In Human Life
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book yesterday. I read it until 4:00 A.M. I finished it today! It is well-written. I can easily recommend it! Margaret will contribute to an improved attitude and awareness toward mental illness. I respect Margaret fully! The book is worth the purchase!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
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Margaret was very honest, almost too honest in some ways about her life. After reading her book I feel like I know her as a personal friend. Sure makes you understand her actions better, and through all of her personal struggles she never lost sight of her love of her sons. She put them first, even if it meant that she couldn't be the one there with them at the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
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I loved reading this book. I found that I got a new found respect for Margaret. I think the negative ideas we had for Margaret were totally as a result of the bias of the media. While reading this book I found myself really liking this lady. She was young when she was thrown into the limelight. I fear that Pierre tried to stifle her free spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to admit I may have been a little skeptical about the book before reading. However, being a loved one of someone who suffers from Bi-Polar disorder I truely appreciate and understand this illness so much more since reading this book. I so appreciate all that Ms. Trudeau has gone through in order to go public with her illness. Even today there is a stigma attached with the words "mental illness". However, with better education and more public awareness the better understanding we will all have about mental illness. Mental illness affects not only the person, but everyone in their life.

Thank you Margaret Trudeau for being the woman you are.
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on March 10, 2014
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The journey from being totally ashamed of having a Bipolar member of ones own family to a new era when people have begun through hopeful research, to diagnose properly and provide more effective medications,
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on February 24, 2014
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I loved this story. What a life Margaret had. Amazing that she is still in the picture. She must be proud of her son Justin. I am a fan and I hope he can win the next election. (commercial)
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on January 28, 2015
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More interesting than I thought it would be. Her behavior was always a curiosity, and here I got to read about what was going on. It must have been so hard to be sick while in the spotlight. I also got a better look at Prime Minister Trudeau, who seemed so glamorous at the time, like a JFK - type figure.
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on February 2, 2014
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
...This will help you have compassion and understanding and maybe help you detect illness in someone who has not been diagnosed yet. A very compelling read.
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on February 8, 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Very interesting and well written. I never would have guessed this about her. I wish her and her family the best. Hard to put down.
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