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Canadians fell in love with Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s beautiful and high-spirited bride when he brought her to the world stage as the youngest First Lady in the history of the country.
But the situation wasn’t as rosy as it seemed. Plagued by mood swings and unprepared for public life, Margaret became increasingly isolated at 24 Sussex, as her depression alternated with bouts of mania. As her behavior became more puzzling - even to Margaret herself - she did her best to mother her three young sons and stand by her husband. She finally broke down soon after their marriage dissolved.
As time went by, Margaret achieved a fragile stability, remarrying and bearing two more children. But the tragic loss of her son, Michel, in a skiing accident and the passing of Pierre Trudeau a few years later were too much to bear, and Margaret became severely ill.
After years of struggle to find the right doctors and the right treatment, Margaret has rebuilt her life once again. At 62, she is a vibrant, happy, and healthy woman who is an inspiration to us all.
Also included in Changing My Mind are essays by three of Canada’s pre-eminent mental health professionals who explore some of the treatments available to patients today.
©2010 Margaret Trudeau (P)2012 HarperCollins Canada
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stittsville Shopper on 06-05-2015

Margaret Trudeau Makes Her Experience Count

Would you listen to Changing My Mind again? Why?

Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau may well be worth a second listen. The book is a memoir that uses examples and experiences from the author's life to illustrate characteristics of bipolar disorder. I found it very surprisingly enlightening and have considered relistening to several sections to fully absorb the information provided there.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Changing My Mind?

The stories of Margaret's hospitalization were very moving.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

So much pot...and hot tub sex!

Any additional comments?

The book contains stories that have been told before. The difference this time is the lens of bipolar disorder brings the events into focus. Retelling the her story from that perspective makes it fresh, informative and useful.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 30-11-2014

Reflective Memories

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I think you learn more about bipolar from this account than trying to wade through a text book. It is an honest account and while you may not mirror her life...as hers was exceptional and in the global spotlight...you feel a connection at times and this is good.

What did you like best about this story?

I have read her other books about her life...and as is really the case with us all...the reflections take a new twist as she looks back on her life from older wiser eyes. Good for her. I think that anyone who writes a memoir in early part of life should do this and look back....very refreshing.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maureen McAdams’s performances?

No. I would have liked to hear Margaret's voice telling her story. I understand however that some things were probably too painful to discuss. But I kept thinking that Maureen did not capture Margaret...is she from Nova Scotia? I found her voice annoying and it took away from the story.

Was Changing My Mind worth the listening time?

Yes. I enjoyed it. I may not agree witih all decisions that Margaret made. I may find her a bit self centered. But I respect her candor.

Any additional comments?

I would probably read another book by her. Margaret Trudeau is - we must agree - an interesting person. I found the flower child description long winded at the front of the book....but I guess it had to be delved into so that we can understand her story in the end.

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