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A Common Struggle Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battles 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 health-care journalist and best-selling author Stephen Fried, A Common Struggle is both a cry for empathy and a call to action.

©2015 Patrick J. Kennedy (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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  • Diane
    Little Rock, AR, United States
    17/02/16
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    "ASTOUNDING!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Already have re-tweeted, re-posted many times. I'm in recovery & I felt like he did a brilliant job of respectful representation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have often searched for books by and about people in recovery and have usually found that, either, they didn't actually "work" the program & are full of misinformation. Or, they are just trying to exploit what did not work for them as a way to get a "book deal" - bad motives. Kennedy did neither of these. He was always respectful of the "anonymity" factor in our traditions, and, told his own experiences with humility.


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A little of both - happy tears that FINALLY - the country is having a conversation about this deadly disease that is killing our kids. Now, maybe we can truly begin to get past the stigma of it all and get on with the solutions!


    Any additional comments?

    I would encourage ANYONE that is either fighting their own demons, or, that knows someone who is to read this book. Great gift!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexsandra
    19/11/15
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    "Good story, but slow moving at times."

    Fascinating read for a person in recovery and/or with "mental illness". The history of the battle for mental health parity legislation is dull but reveals how and why some laws get passed (quite sad, actually). Peter S.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diana S. Dawson
    03/11/15
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    "Personal & educational"

    Patrick Kennedy's story wrapped within that of his parents and extended family is one in common with so many not as famous or advantaged. The lives of the Kennedy's are tabloid popcorn so that is of interest but this book educates us about the many forms of brain illness- alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness and post traumatic stress. Patrick turned his personal illness, a "lemon" into lemon aid, a life's work for mental health parity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Philip NC
    18/04/17
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    "As a Bipolar patient..."

    I was recently diagnosed with Bipolar 2 disorder. While I don't suffer from a "normal" addiction to drugs or alcohol, I do suffer from compulsive and addicting behavior. This book was incredibly poignant and I learned so much about the mental health system. Not only did I listen to it on Audible but I also bought multiple hard copies for friends, family members and one for myself. This will be a book I read way more than one time! Thank you Mr. Kennedy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Education is KEY
    06/04/17
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    "every family should have this book"

    it really help you understand addiction and be an advocate on behalf of the mentally ill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    03/01/17
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    "Personal Struggles"

    As a fellow struggler w/ bipolar illness, I appreciated the personal stories of Patrick and his family members. At times I got lost in all the politics (though appreciative of his efforts). I wanted to fast-forward to the non-political narratives!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura A.
    15/12/16
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    "Not what i was hoping"

    I thought this was going to be about his struggles with mental illness. Instead I found it to be a book about politics and make dropping

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bobby
    kentucky
    02/10/16
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    "not very good"
    Would you try another book from Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried and/or Johnny Heller?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried again?

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    Did A Common Struggle inspire you to do anything?

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    Any additional comments?

    no wonder we have such a pitiful congress! we have people like him running this country!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Walker
    28/09/16
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    "Very moving!"

    Patrick told his story openly and honestly and his work is changing the way America sees mental health and addiction issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    25/07/16
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    "Inspiring"

    the depth of his journey left me in awe of him and admiring the person he has become . The narrator read with the same emotions that Patrick had written it. At times I had to remind myself that Patrick was narrating this book. This is one book worth listening to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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