Changing My Mind Hardcover – Oct 12 2010
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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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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.
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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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I found this memoir an interesting read. The only other book I've read is Margaret's first book and I'm glad to be able to see her life changes and attitudes are way different. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Margaret Vincent
Was a beautifull book, just like her! Her sincerity has help me to undenstend better the complexity of this kind of depression. I am truly very grateful for this lecture!Published 25 days ago by Brunetta Filipponi
A very open account of the authors struggle with mental illness. I was quite impressed and pleased that resources were added to the biography. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bea Glowacki
i enjoyed it very much, beautifull love story with chaos at all ends..a reminder of how one can get lost in their disease.Published 2 months ago by Daydreamer
Loved it from the opening! She shows us that with hard work & determination there is life after a diagnosis of bipolar illness. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nelda Armstrong
Very engaging. A woman of heart and of great courage. Really made me understand an illness and a person I had failed to grasp. Read morePublished 5 months ago by misbb