A common struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction

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Drug abuse -- Social aspects -- United States
Drug abuse -- Treatment -- United States
Drug addicts -- United States -- Biography
Kennedy, Patrick J. -- (Patrick Joseph), -- 1967- -- Mental health
Legislators -- United States -- Biography
Manic-depressive persons -- United States -- Biography
Mental illness -- Social aspects -- United States
Mental illness -- Treatment -- United States
Patient advocacy -- United States
United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Biography
title_displayA common struggle : a personal journey through the past and future of mental illness and addiction
title_fullA Common Struggle A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
A common struggle : a personal journey through the past and future of mental illness and addiction / Patrick J. Kennedy & Stephen Fried
title_shortA common struggle
title_subA Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Drug abuse
Drug addicts
Kennedy, Patrick J
Legislators
Manic-depressive persons
Mental health
Mental illness
Nonfiction
Patient advocacy
Politics
Psychology
Social aspects
Treatment