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Changing My Mind

by Margaret Trudeau

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | October 12, 2010 | Hardcover

Changing My Mind is rated 4.7692 out of 5 by 13.

In this deeply moving memoir, Margaret Trudeau speaks with candour and insight about the illness that silently shaped her life -- a life lived often in turbulence and in the public''s fascination. Plagued since childhood by extreme moods, Margaret was ill-prepared for the high-profile role into which she was cast at age twenty-two, as Canada''s youngest first lady. Captivated by her high spirits, youth and beauty, Canadians fell in love with Margaret, just as they had with her charismatic husband, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, three years earlier. When their first son, Justin, was born on Christmas Day and their second son, Sacha, on the same day two years later, this couple seemed almost enchanted.

But away from the cameras and the public appearances, and increasingly isolated at 24 Sussex Drive, Margaret struggled with a growing depression offset by bouts of mania. Her behaviour seemed inexplicable to many -- including to herself -- and two years after the birth of their third son, Michel, the marriage broke down. Gradually, though, a fragile stability took hold, as Margaret found happiness in work as a photographer and in her marriage to Fried Kemper. But the tragic death of Michel Trudeau, closely followed by Pierre Trudeau''s own passing, caused her to spiral into suicidal depression. Finally accepting the diagnosis of bipolar, she sought medical treatment.

Under intense international scrutiny, Margaret Trudeau has survived remarkable highs and devastating lows. Since regaining control of her life, she has brought her formidable passion to helping others, be they Canadians suffering from mental illness or families living without access to water half a world away. A recipient of the Society of Biological Psychiatry Humanitarian Award, she now offers her journey of recovery, acceptance and hope, and generously shares with us many previously unreleased photos, in one of the most important memoirs to come out of this country

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.4 in

Published: October 12, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554685389

ISBN - 13: 9781554685387

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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, however, I started to read it and felt like I knew her personally. Very interesting how mental illness was treated versus the attention given to it today. An incredible woman with an amazing life. She definitely has great strength and love.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiration I loved this book, it is a open and raw look into mental illness and the way society looked at people with disorders such as these. I felt like I was living each and every part and learned a lot about Mr. Trudeau and not all good. I take my hat off to you Maggie and I hope more people will read this. This was truly a wonderful book.
Date published: 2011-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative and entertaining!! I've read one of Mrs. Trudeau's previous books and enjoyed that, this one, however, was even better. I too have mental health issues and this is not only an entertaining read regaling old stories that amuse, but also a helpful and instructive book for so many people who suffer any kind of mental illness. She helps to bring us out of the dark and take the "stigma" away. She's been very courageous in her battle, and my heart goes out to her for what she had to endure for so long due to her "public persona" and the fact that the medical community has been in the dark for so long with regards to various treatments or even addressing treatment. Kudos to Margaret Trudeau for being a beacon of light to many who are still in the dark!!!
Date published: 2011-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Easy read,and very interesting.The book will keep you going with details abut her life with Pierre and her battle with Bi-polar her love for her childern,she' an amazing woman,to have gone through this and be able to smile at the end of the day.She 's beautiful person
Date published: 2011-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I was lucky enough to attend a book signing and Margaret was great. The book is written the same why she talks and as I read the book I could hear her. She said she wrote the book to help people with mental issues help to see that there is help, and she was very candid about her problem. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and straight forward Margaret's book was a very honest accounting of all her personal problems told "straight on"! She is a very fortunate girl to have the total support of her family & close friends. I felt for her as I read it. It must have been painful to write. I was glued to it and could not put it down!
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THANK YOU MARGARET ! god bless Margaret Trudeau for her honesty and candour. Too many people poo-poo the idea of mental illness. I have had to be very patient over the years trying to explain, in layman's terms, what Bipolar disorder is about. Ms Trudeau has laid it all out and hopefully has helped many, not only to realize they are not alone, but many others to understand this daunting disorder.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome Book This is a great and interesting read into the life of Margaret Trudeau,hard to put down since she is one of those ladies i've truly admired for many years!
Date published: 2010-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read This book was written with honesty and candor and provided a ton of information about the symptoms and treatments for Bipolar Disorder. Ms Trudeau showed amazing courage, and her bravery in telling her story will be helpful to so many people who suffer from mental illness in silence. It is refreshing to have such a bright light shone on a very frightening disability that has been stigmatized by society. Hopefully more people will come forward with their stories and this will help open doors for those navigating the mental health system. Professional help, treatment options, support groups and resources need to be more readily available to mental health consumers and their families.
Date published: 2010-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read this in 2 nights-this is a book I think every woman should read. I am 2 years older than Margaret and found this book made me really stop and think about so many things I had forgot over the years.I struggled with hormonal imbalances for years,dealing with having 7 hip replacement surgeries and still coping with severe arthritis pain and fibromyalgia.My husband died almost 12 years ago at 56 and my son is terminally ill with Cancer.I just hope that tomorrow is better than today and tell myself that tough times don't last, tough people do.Be good to yourself Margaret and know that you are helping so many people.Always be true to yourself!
Date published: 2010-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised Wasn't sure what to expect from Canada's once wild first lady from the days when 24 Sussex flirted with replacing the Camelot of yore. The style and substance were both engaging and entertaining. One has to admire the confessional self-deprecation that the author subjects herself to so as to give credence to her message that mental illness needs to be understood rather than stigmatized. A conversational, totally honest and credible voice makes for a most enjoyable read. The reader is given a behind the scene look at the fishbowl celebrities live in and the lack of privacy that occurs. Leading political figures of the day are shown in a far differnt light ( a human light) than in the usual light of the media glare. While the appendices did little for this reader, he was pleased to see that the author had come to understand her bipolar condition and was managing to confront the illness with determined courage and the support of good friends and family. This book will not disappoint.
Date published: 2010-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very warm, personal and honest 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.
Date published: 2010-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I see the light Margaret! Reading Margaret Trudeau's new book, Changing My Mind, has helped me to better understand a friend who has just been diagnozed with severe Depression and quite possibly BiPolar Disorder; her mind and emotions are distracted, tormented and confused by other forces and past wrongs that she suppressed or repressed. She tried for nearly 30 years to run away from her reality by getting married, having kids, getting immersed in a busy work life, mingling with the rich, acting different roles, avoiding getting too close and personal with anyone, being cold and distant, all bringing chaos to her life and the lives of those around her. It is one day at a time for all of us – the sick and the healthy -- the more we talk about it, write about it and read about it, the more hope there will be that the afflicted and their loved ones will rise again to see brighter days. Antoinette DeWit
Date published: 2010-10-23

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Changing My Mind

by Margaret Trudeau

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1.4 in

Published: October 12, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554685389

ISBN - 13: 9781554685387

From the Publisher

In this deeply moving memoir, Margaret Trudeau speaks with candour and insight about the illness that silently shaped her life -- a life lived often in turbulence and in the public''s fascination. Plagued since childhood by extreme moods, Margaret was ill-prepared for the high-profile role into which she was cast at age twenty-two, as Canada''s youngest first lady. Captivated by her high spirits, youth and beauty, Canadians fell in love with Margaret, just as they had with her charismatic husband, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, three years earlier. When their first son, Justin, was born on Christmas Day and their second son, Sacha, on the same day two years later, this couple seemed almost enchanted.

But away from the cameras and the public appearances, and increasingly isolated at 24 Sussex Drive, Margaret struggled with a growing depression offset by bouts of mania. Her behaviour seemed inexplicable to many -- including to herself -- and two years after the birth of their third son, Michel, the marriage broke down. Gradually, though, a fragile stability took hold, as Margaret found happiness in work as a photographer and in her marriage to Fried Kemper. But the tragic death of Michel Trudeau, closely followed by Pierre Trudeau''s own passing, caused her to spiral into suicidal depression. Finally accepting the diagnosis of bipolar, she sought medical treatment.

Under intense international scrutiny, Margaret Trudeau has survived remarkable highs and devastating lows. Since regaining control of her life, she has brought her formidable passion to helping others, be they Canadians suffering from mental illness or families living without access to water half a world away. A recipient of the Society of Biological Psychiatry Humanitarian Award, she now offers her journey of recovery, acceptance and hope, and generously shares with us many previously unreleased photos, in one of the most important memoirs to come out of this country

About the Author

MARGARET TRUDEAU was born in Vancouver, Canada, where she attended Simon Fraser University. The former wife of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, she is also the author of two previous memoirs, Beyond Reason (1979) and Consequences (1982). Margaret now works with WaterCan, a registered charity dedicated to providing clean drinking water to the world's poorest people, and speaks across the country on mental health issues. She lives in Montreal.

Editorial Reviews

"A powerful, important and profoundly sad book"
- Montreal Gazette ()
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