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February 8, 2016

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

A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
by Kennedy, Patrick J. & Stephen Fried
362.29 KEN

The Kennedy family has been larger than life in the history of our country and we have looked to them with admiration and intrigue. They have had many accomplishments, politically and socially, often putting their name behind causes close to their hearts. With Steven Fried, Patrick Kennedy has co-authored the book “A Common Struggle,” in which he opens up about many of the struggles his family has endured and that were kept secret for many years.

He details his immediate family’s battles with alcoholism, and mentions his Aunt Rosemary 's mental illness, which was exacerbated when she was given a lobotomy as a “cure.” Patrick writes of his own mental illness that was not diagnosed properly for many years. He describes his life path of overcoming drug addiction and trying to control his illness.

Having had these experiences, and with his political family background, Patrick has set out to fight the stigma of mental illness for all. He has been an advocate in mental health legislation--as were his Uncle, John F. Kennedy, and his father, Ted--trying to make health care available for those who have not been considered ill due to the definition of an illness in the eyes of the medical community. The Kennedy family has really put mental illness in the forefront, by creating legislation that has helped with insuring the mentally ill and by creating events like The Special Olympics that offer a sporting event for the mentally challenged.

Patrick shows us just how far health care for the mentally ill has come and how far it still has to go. “A Common Struggle” is an intriguing read that is concluded with the information for supporting different mental illness organizations that Patrick Kennedy supports and promotes with all of his heart.

A Common Struggle is also available as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook, and an audiobook on CD.

           --Recommended by Kris Gould, Nora Library



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