A Common Struggle
List Price: $28.95
Publisher: Blue Rider
First entered: 10th, Oct 2015
Number of weeks: 4
**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.
Name: Patrick J. Kennedy
Name: Stephen Fried
About the author:
Stephen Fried is an award-winning investigative journalist, a bestselling author and an adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His latest book, A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction (October 2015) which he co-authored with former congressman Patrick Kennedy, was an instant New York Times Bestseller. His last book, Appetite for America: Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West--One Meal at a Time was also a NYTimes Bestseller, was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Wall Street Journal, and was the subject of a PBS documentary. www.fredharveybook.com/blog. He is also the author of Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia (which inspired the Emmy-winning HBO film Gia); Bitter Pills; The New Rabbi; and Husbandry. A two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, Fried has written for Vanity Fair, Glamour, The Washington Post Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Philadelphia magazine. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, author Diane Ayres (http://www.dianeayres.com).