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

Patrick J. Kennedy

**A New York Times Bestseller** 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. From the Hardcover edition.

**A New York Times Bestseller** 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. From the Hardcover edition.
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**A New York Times Bestseller** 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Stephen Fried, Johnny Heller

Length:

12h 26m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:30


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

09:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:00


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:24


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:39


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:46


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:14


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:16


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:20


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:09


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:41


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:03


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:46


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:00


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:41


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:52


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:25


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:11


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:10


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:51


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:42


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:10


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:16


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:35


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:31


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:31


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:13


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:37


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:06


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

08:02


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:39


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:08


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:25


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:19


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:52


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:24


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

00:36