VIDEO: Patrick Kennedy on Bipolar, Addiction and Speaking Out

Patrick Kennedy shares his struggles with bipolar and addiction and why he decided to break the Kennedy code of family secrets.


Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy writes of his own mental illness and addictions in “A Common Struggle”, but he also looks at his parents’ problems with alcohol and his mother’s depression. Kennedy believes his father, Ted, suffered from post-traumatic stress after two of his brothers were assassinated. Kennedy refers to our “Public Health Epidemic” where “we are all silent and no one talks” as having undeniable consequences, including keeping people from the treatment they need and deserve, which can lead to individual and community tragedies.


Read more about Patrick Kennedy and his life with bipolar disorder, advocacy work and journey to recovery.


Layout 1The Healing of Patrick J. Kennedy

A profile of the champion of “Parity,” who is a hero in the world of mental wellness. (bp Magazine, Spring 2007)


Patrick Kennedy: The New Road to Recovery

The veteran politician quit Congress, found true love and launched a new campaign for mental health. (bp Magazine, Fall 2011)


Back Chat: Patrick Kennedy Gets Personal

The mental health advocate dishes about life after Congress, his new family, mood challenges, and how he stays in balance. (bp Magazine, Winter 2015)



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