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
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
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.