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Changing My Mind Hardcover – Oct 12 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; First Edition edition (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554685389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554685387
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A powerful, important and profoundly sad book"
- Montreal Gazette ()

About the Author

MARGARET TRUDEAU was born in Vancouver, Canada. Theformer wife of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, she is also the author of twoprevious memoirs, Beyond Reason (1979) and Consequences(1982). Margaret now works with WaterCan, a registered charitydedicated to providing clean drinking water to the world’s poorestpeople, and speaks across the country on mental healthissues. She lives in Montreal.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 26 2010
Format: Hardcover
Till now, I have been very unsympathetic to the plight of Margaret Trudeau as a poor, sometimes spoiled and often benighted flower child of the sixties, suddenly thrust into the national limelight as the wife of one of Canada's most influential politicians. However, her latest autobiography may go a long way to changing that view. At sixty-one, Maggie has finally come to grips with the demons of her past as she enters her senior years. What she reveals in this book helps to explain, but not excuse, those troubling moments of the past: tantrums, the 'quicksilver' impulses of weird revelation, and the incessant desire to be a rebel with a cause. It took four decades of her life - two failed marriages, the loss of a son and some disturbing moments of erratic behaviour - for her to accept the very awkward fact that she was manic-depressive. To recount her journey to that ultimate moment in early 2001 when her life spun out of control, the author takes her readers through a very colorful chronicling of her personal life as a student, a mother, a wife to a very controlling father-like husband, an aspiring photographer and grandmother. Through most of these chapters of her life, I got a very distinct impression that Margret Trudeau was seeking an identity just beyond her grasp. She was someone else's handmaiden and could not for the life of her figure out how to be herself. Margaret's redemption came when she sought and found the critical medical treatment for her depression. The last several chapters of the book add that most important signature to the story of a woman who finally secured the elusive happiness in later life in her family.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Eppel on Jan. 16 2011
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"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 writes freely and candidly. She confirms much that was speculated about her life with Pierre Trudeau during the heady days when he was Prime Minister of Canada.

Ms. Trudeau has made an important contribution to the education of the public and professionals about the inner experience of bipolar disorder. She quashes the obsolete but pernicious belief, still held by some, that mental disorders are not "real" illnesses. Quite to the contrary Ms. Trudeau illustrates the profound and 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 two marriages; 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 psychopharmacology.

Alan Eppel

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Torra on Nov. 16 2010
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A moving and revealing portrayal of Margaret's life with bi-polar disorder.
I now understand more fully the struggles and challenges of this illness and really admire Margaret and anyone else that fights to regain some form of balance in their lives.
This book held my interest from beginning to end and was easy to understand.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trading Central on Jan. 20 2011
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This book is unlike many others in that the author is the one who writes about an illness for which the stigma associated with mental illness makes many want to keep it a hidden secret.

Within the pages are personal details that many families who have a loved one diagnosed with mental illness will be able to relate to. The book is written for an easy read with just enough detail to bring the events and consequences caused by the illness into proper perspective. Our family member diagnosed with a mental illness who read the book, took much wisdom and hope from the writings.

The book also contains useful overview of what medications were helpful in the recovery and debunks many myths that are often associated with the administration of medications for pregnant mothers.

Madame Trudeau should be congratulated on an excellent book that very accurately portrays the trials and tribulations of those having a mental illness and it's effect on family members. Thank you for taking us beyond the "One Flew Over the Cucoos Nest" fiction based account of mental illness and treatment to the new "recovery based" treatment that will allow many to lead normal life's outside of perverse mental asylums and treatments no longer prescribed.
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