Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau
A Memoir

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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.


About Margaret Trudeau

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Margaret Trudeau was the First Lady to Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada with whom she had three children. Later in life, she remarried and had two children with real estate mogul Fred Kemper. She is the author of two previous memoirs, Beyond Reason (1979) and Consequences (1982). She is a spokesperson for avalanche safety and the Honorary President of WaterCan, an international organization that helps the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water. She sits on the executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute and has been awarded the Society of Biological Psychiatry Humanitarian Award. She is a national mental health advocate who challenges the stigma around mental illness and speaks across the country.
Published October 12, 2010 by HarperCollins. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History. Non-fiction

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