Changing My Mind: A Memoir

by Margaret Trudeau

HarperCollins Canada | October 12, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook) |

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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.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 12, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443404446

ISBN - 13: 9781443404440

Found in: Biography and Memoir
If anyone in your family has ever been affected by depression or bipolarity… If you grew up in the days when Pierre Elliott Trudeau dazzled a country and a young hippie named Margaret Sinclair… Or, if you get inspired reading about someone who has faced almost insurmountable life challenges only to triumph in the end, you will richly enjoy reading Margaret Trudeau’s biography, Changing My Mind. Born in 1948, into a politically engaged, energetic, middle-income family, Margaret’s early years were pretty typical. Other than her early signs of having an independent spirit and being somewhat susceptible to moodiness, there was little to suggest the layered life that lay ahead. But anything and everything typical ended when, at 20, Margaret Trudeau was swept off her feet by the most eligible bachelor in Canada, The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau. From that moment forward, Margaret’s life could hardly have been imagined by even the most inventive of fiction writers. In this very warm, personal and honest memoir, written with the kind of wisdom that can only be gained through a long life, Margaret shares with us how she experienced living at 24 Sussex Drive with the enigmatic Trudeau. We witness the isolation she experienced when out of the spotlight, the incredible post-partum depression that followed the euphoria of giving birth, and the challenges of living with a man who, though loving, was also intensely paternalistic, often dismissive and financially ungenerous. The story tracks the break-up of their marriage and the roller coaster of Margaret’s life with and without her children, post her marriage to Trudeau. At its heart, this is a story of someone who lived with the ravages of undiagnosed bipolar disorder, suffered incredible indignities, fractured many relationships, but was eventually lucky enough to find herself in the hands of a physician who could truly help her make sense of her illness and herself. With the benefit of perspective, having invested hugely in getting control of her life, and having survived the trauma of losing her beloved son Michel, Margaret emerges as a passionate and dedicated mother, grandmother and humanitarian. This story will affirm your belief in the resilience of the human spirit.

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Changing My Mind: A Memoir

Changing My Mind: A Memoir

by Margaret Trudeau

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 12, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443404446

ISBN - 13: 9781443404440

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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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