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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 behaviour became more puzzling—even to Margaret herself—she did her best to mother her three young sons and stand by her husband. Finally, she 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 sixty-two, 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.

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    This book opened my eyes and my mind

    Few writers have the ability to affect real change within those that read their work. Margaret Trudeau is one of those writers. Although I do not suffer with any mental illnesses, I work with adolescents that struggle daily with many different forms. This book has helped me to gain a much better understanding of what many of my students and their families must deal with each day. I believe this book will help me become a much better teacher.

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    Changing my mind

    How seriously disturbed ws this lady. I enjoyed the read, simply because i did not have much knowledge of Canadian political history, prior to reading this book. Poor margaret, was so brave to open her heart and reveal all her personal problems so freely, this must of been horrendous. I find it hard to believe that margaret did not get better support when she first became the first lady. Were her parents/family aware of her dramas. Margarets drug use amazed me given she is the same age as me. Maybe we in australia were a bit backward. .

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    Brave

    Brave to detail her journey with mental illness. It sounds like she finally understands her bipolar condition and has peace. That is an accomplishment for anyone with a mental illness.

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