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Margaret Trudeau is solo, sane, 60 – and irrepressible as ever

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She travels the country as a mental-health advocate after revealing her struggle with bipolar disorder ...Read the full article

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  1. Jean Baillargeon from Toronto, Canada writes: An inspirational story of a remarkable, generous and courageous person.
  2. japhna japhna from albany, Canada writes: LOVE YA MAGGIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. diane marie from calgary, alberta from Canada writes: Indeed. It has been my experience that men don't deal very well with things they feel that they can't do anything about - such as illness, and especially illness that is 'invisible' (not physical). It leaves them feeling powerless, a feeling that men aren't very happy with. Mrs. Trudeau was in Calgary last fall advocating for the mentally ill. Good for her. I can't think of Mrs. Trudeau and her challenges without thinking of Mike Duffy's unfeeling gaffe. But, hey, he's now a senator.
  4. Randal Oulton from Canada writes: >> especially after her divorce from Mr. Trudeau, showed her the value of paid work. He did not pay spousal support.

    huh? Why's that?
  5. Agile Geezer from Canada writes: Now why did you have to mention that clueless cueball Duffy? Sheesh I was enjoying the read about Margaret.
  6. Janet Fisher from Canada writes: You go girl????&&&&!!!!***
  7. fulvus rufus from cowgary, Canada writes: Frank Murphy from Ontario, Canada writes: Sober?maybe, sane?never,this woman is a fruitcake.---------------------------------------------
    And what are you? One of those 'normal' people for whom the sanity issue is incomprehensible because they don't understand it, having little in the way of a mind? You missed the whole point of the article, dodo. No, don't read it again. You just won't get it.
  8. Kenn Chaplin from Toronto, Canada writes: I have been inspired to read of Ms. Trudeau-Kemper's progress and I very much look forward to her upcoming book. With a diagnosis on the bipolar continuum myself I can relate to the sense of relief she feels after years of erratic behaviour and depressive episodes. I think it's marvelous that this historical figure in Canada, for all sorts of reasons, is now making such a meaningful contribution to our collective understanding of mental health issues.
  9. Diane Schweik from Edmonton, Canada writes: .

    According to this article there was no treatment for bipolar disorder in the 1970s.Lithium has been successfully used to treat this disorder for over fifty years.It's a tragedy that someone made the diagnosis early in her illness,yet it seems that she never received the proper treatment until fairly recently.
  10. l thibl from BC the real west, Canada writes: A humbling story about a remarkable lady! Thank you Margaret for sharing your experiences and for addressing the stigma of mental illnesses. Your contribution is both enormous and appreciated.
  11. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: Michael Wilson and Valerie Pringle, parents of children with mental health challenges, also perform valued roles of advocacy.

    Very good article.
  12. Margaret D from Montreal, Canada writes: Russell Barth - there is research that links marijuana and other drugs to psychosis. Unfortunately, it is not widely known that marijuana use can be risky for individuals predisposed to mental illness.

    Margaret Trudeau is doing a fine job in her role as mental health advocate.
  13. Northsider from The Great White North from Canada writes: Regarding Russell Barth from Nepean comment posted on 09/05/09 at 7:19 AM EDT :

    Your hurtful comment reminds me of Tom Cruise' meltdown on Oprah's couch, and your expressed sentiment reminds me of one of the tenets of Tom Cruise' religion.

    You are certainly entitled to your opinions, and your religion for that matter, but you might want to consider toning it down a bit.

    Enjoy your day.
  14. North of 49 from Canada writes: Well, now we know why she acted so weird back in the day when she was married to Pierre...sort of explains everything
  15. Great Southwest from Essex, Canada writes: What a strong, courageous and giving woman; truly a great Canadian.
  16. Jason Roy from Central Nova - After October 14th, 2008 AKA STILL Peter MacKay Country And On Top Of That I Believe It May Be Finally Time For Harper To Go (And I Don't Mean To The Loo), Canada writes: Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes:

    Michael Wilson and Valerie Pringle, parents of children with mental health challenges, also perform valued roles of advocacy.

    Very good article.

    --------------------------------------------

    I concur.....
  17. William Easton from Canada writes: But she is still the irrepressible Maggie that Canada has always known:

    Give me a break
  18. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: Bipolar disorder can be a cruel and difficult illness, particularly when it is misunderstood. Good for Ms Trudeau for her efforts.
  19. Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost, writes: Margaret D from Montreal, Canada writes: ... it is not widely known that marijuana use can be risky for individuals predisposed to mental illness.

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    Hmmmmmmm ... cannot alcohol use, gambling, bad relationships, life-changing tragedy, environmental factors and/or excess work-stress also be risky for individuals who are 'predisposed' ?
  20. John Johnson from Canada writes: Everyone, I don't think the issue here is Margaret and her life. The deeper and pervasive issue here is the huge stigma about mental illness. For heaven's sake, the woman has been to hell and back. What a huge emotional and physical arc that she has had to live through. The fact that she has now found some better balance in her life is a great testament that a human being, any human being, can make positive changes to his or her life. I am sure that none of the negative posters on here would want to go through what she did, or have a loved one or friend go through this.
  21. Christine Solosky from Newmarket, Canada writes: Hooray for living solo!
  22. Man of La Mancha from Canada writes: John Johnson from Canada writes: ...For heaven's sake, the woman has been to hell and back. What a huge emotional and physical arc that she has had to live through. The fact that she has now found some better balance in her life is a great testament that a human being, any human being, can make positive changes to his or her life. '

    Good post John - I agree that this should be the focus.
  23. fulvus rufus from Canada writes: John Johnson: Very good post, and thanks for sharing your empathy with us. Unfortunately, most of the negative posters are 'normal,' 'sane' people and just have no conception about what it is like to be mentally ill. A little such experience would be quite humbling for them.
    As someone with firsthand experience, I know that marijuana and psychedelics played a significant role in my becoming chronically depressed (dealt with now by effective but side-effect-ridden meds) and having anxiety attacks for years. I am one of the survivors. A lot of hippies didn't make it, like the self-described 'acid casualty' I knew who couldn't handle his mind anymore and jumped off a bridge.
    I don't think these drugs should be criminalized. If they weren't, it would be easier to talk about them openly. As it stands, people such as poster Russell Barth think anything that links drugs and mental illness is junk science.
    Look, if you go mucking around with your neurotransmitter functioning and already have some abnormalities there, you're asking for trouble. Make your own decision, but make it an enlightened one. Most people may not experience any negative effects, and some may even benefit, but as Dr. Mark Vonnegut (son of Kurt), who wrote the excellent book The Eden Express about being there and back, said to me recently, most people are fine with marijuana, but for some it is POISON. For the minority, I think, it can be like putting a diabetic on a heavy sugar diet.
    Margaret D: if you have any specific references for research articles on recreational drugs and mental illness, I for one would appreciate it very much if you'd post them, as it's not as if there's a slew of articles out there, and I want to read all I can.
    And way to go Margaret Trudeau for having the guts to come out of the closet. Setting an example as you do makes it so much easier for other sufferers.
  24. bob miller from Canada writes: Best wishes to Margaret....she has not had an easy life./.....
  25. diane marie from calgary, alberta from Canada writes: Theodore Street:-- The Sunday School teacher crowd are happy with the Bible's explanations concerning mental illness (the devil, possession, moral failing). Indeed, just Google 'christianity bible mental illness' for a selection of sites in which modern psychiatry - aka 'junk science' - is taken to task for attempting to lift the responsibility for mental illness from the individual.
  26. Theodore Street from Canada writes: Serving as an advocate for mental health puts Mrs Trudeau in the line of fire with respect to explaining her behavior at various points of her life. I wish there was more live and live, and less self righteous talk about blame and taking responsibility. What have we become? Victorian Sunday School teachers in the manner of the current PM.
  27. Carolyn Astgen from Sudbury, Canada writes: Unfortunately, until a person goes threw any kind of mental illness, it is not understood....its like a guy saying he knows how a woman feels when she delivers a baby...I tried to explain to friends about my bi-polar illness and it is different for everyone..there are different types different levels... but whether they don't want to understand or just love putting someone down...the remarks I hear when someone has a breakdown, or diagnosis, over and over are...squirrely, gone nuts, should be in the nut house...its just easier to stay quiet about it..than get labeled. I, like Margaret did not present with the illness until after I was in my late 20's...traumatic events can trigger it...it didn't happen again until 2 years later. I raised 2 children who have gone on to become fully educated and productive in their fields..I have worked since the age of 17... I own my own home...and although I'm not Scottish I believe also that people should not live off others. I smoked weed the whole time and I believe it was what got me through...it calmed me down...helped me sleep...helped me through 2 years of depression...also like Margaret, having children and them being the most important part of my life, suicide was not an option...although days went by and thoughts of going to sleep and never waking went thought my head...What I do believe about bi-polar disorder, and call me CRAZY if you want...is that it only happens to very SPECIAL people, people that bring color to an otherwise gray world..they are very creative, they are artists, musicians, comedians, actors, painters, PEOPLE JUST LIKE MAGGIE AND ME, see I said it and Maggie made it a little easier! Thanks Margaret for your good work!
  28. R OBryan from Canada writes: Everyone struggles one way or another through life. It didn't make it easier to be in the public eye. If Margaret has found peace of mind i am happy for her. I honestly believe that she has bore a son that will lead this country one day.
  29. R OBryan from Canada writes: Michael Powers from Canada writes: I lost all respect for her years ago .................

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    I lost respect for you a long time ago when i realized you can't provide a positive comment about anything.
  30. Craftytee Craft from Etobicoke, Canada writes: It would be nice if the Globe would proof read.
  31. Edward Eh from Bathurst, NB, Canada writes: Carolyn Astgen from Sudbury; your last line made my eyes float. Good luck to you and Margaret et al. Bon courage!
  32. Tilda Martin from Toronto, Canada writes: Very inspiring for those who are dealing with mental illness. I have a family member who remains undiagnosed but who clearly has some sort of mental condition (and is a huge pot smoker). This person has now lost their job, their house and although the family tries to offer support - we are either embraced (rare) or hurtfully rejected - depending on the individual's mood. This person believes that it is everyone else's fault that their life has turned out the way it has. A typical day involves calling a variety of people from the past at all hours and ranting at them for all the wrongdoings they caused. This individual is paranoid beyond belief and has had brushes with the law. Yet our hands are tied. There is no way w can get this individual into any kind of treatment because this individual does not believe they are sick.
  33. Joanna G from Toronto, Canada writes: Isn't it amazing how a disability such as this (bipolar disorder) can be turned around to be a blessing in disguise and help you get your life back on track by helping others? Amazing story and those who have heard her speak have come away greatly inspired. Looking forward to the book.
  34. Liliana la torre from Mississauga, Canada writes: I am the same age as Ms. Trudeau and married at about the same time. I admired her at first for being her own person; not following the dictates of the establishment nor looking the part. I sympathize with the fact that she struggles with mental illness, but I don't believe that mental illness causes one to continually act out in ways that is not in your nature. For example, an alcoholic would probably not make a racist comment when drunk, if they were truly not racist. Mrs. Trudeau, beautiful and young, liked to have a good time. She had more opportunity, money, and connections to get help than the ordinary person with bi-polar. Although she says, she is content to live alone... in fact she has been defined by the men in her life.
    I admire that now she is devoting her life in helping others.
  35. martha stewart from Canada writes: Interesting article about Justin Trudeau's mother.
  36. Red-necked and persecuted from Canada writes: Sane?
    Says who?
  37. HeyBoppaRebop SheBop from Canada writes: I always thought she was a nice person.

    She has done a lot of work in aid of promoting awareness of mental conditions such as depression.
  38. I'm mad as hell from god's country from Canada writes: Why dioes she continue to use the surname Trudeau? Should she not use the surname of her most recent husband, Fried Kemper or go back to her maiden name of Sinclair? It looks as though she enjoys the publicity of having once been married to Pierre Trudeau. I am very tired of this self promoting woman airing her dirty laundry in public.
  39. Margaret D from Montreal, Canada writes: fulvus rufus - I recommend a quick 'google scholar' search on the terms 'marijuana' and 'psychosis'. It will pull up relatively recent review articles.

    Another vicious kick right in the face from Orwell's Ghost - Yes, there are many triggers. But mental illnesses are such cruel illnesses. Why not encourage simple measures to delay or prevent their onset in vulnerable individuals?
  40. The Last Honest Conservative from Western, Canada writes:
    I'm mad as hell from god's country from Canada wrote:
    I am very tired of this self promoting woman airing her dirty laundry in public.

    Quit whining Mad,
    She is famous for not wearing any dirty laundry.
  41. Bono The Limousine Liberal from Regina, Sask, Canada writes: Anything to get more publicity.
  42. L. van Dyk from Canada writes: I believe 'sanity' is a legal term, not a medical one.

    Speaking from personal experience in regards to bipolarity, you don't always know you've got it. It's hard to notice from your side. I've been taking lithium carbonate for two years. I'm fifty-eight years old.

    I've been tested for intellect, with good results, my sanity was thoroughly tested and I'm saner than most, but my emotional stability was not examined until recently.
  43. Real Westerner from Canada writes: She shoud run for PM she's as NUTTY as the rest of them in OTTAWA, I dont get this she's a great woman what the hell did she do that was so great other than marry the nuttiest PM in Canada,s History most of the failing we suffer to-day go back to his tenure as major pig at the trough...
  44. A MacDonald from Canada writes: I am very proud of Margaret for going public with this. It would not be an easy thing to do especially with so many 'sane' people wanting to make slams against anyone who struggles with a mental illness. Add her famous connections and the irrational world of politics to the mix and you will realize that she is one of the bravest people out there.
    I have watched a family member struggle with mental illness and realize that it is one of the most difficult illnesses out there. It is very hard to diagnose because no one wants to admit that they need help, and of course there is the stigma attached. And the road to diagnosis is very long with a lot of trial and error. Then add the powerful drugs to the mix, with all of their side effects, and all of you 'sane' people would have to wonder how you would cope. I am guessing not too well!
  45. Snow Worn from Canada writes: Tilda Martin - the story of your relative is sadly, a very common one. Not sure why you found Margaret's story inspiring though. While she admittedly lived through hell and in the public light, she always had potential access to the best of care and to various connections to make problems go away. I'm guessing this is not the case for your relative or for the average Canadian experiencing mental health difficulties. Continued ignorance resulting in astounding stigma still present an intolerance toward this issue. While Maggie's story might be inspiring to the families/friends of those suffering, not sure how inspiring it really is to those who have lived through similar experiences say, on the street. Even those with the best intended families/friends don't necessarily have access to the best care.
  46. Lana Tam from Canada writes: I went through what the doctor called situational depression. An elderly relative living with us who took all her misery out on me. It was a terrible weight on my chest and in my throat. On the verge of tears all the time. And yet to others, I looked fine. It was paralyzing. The medication helped a lot. Even though the person finally died (as she was waiting to, for years), I still experience the heaviness sometimes. Still can't get it out of my mind and heart.
  47. Spending our money from Canada writes:
    'But then in 1998, her youngest son, Michel Trudeau, died in an avalanche in British Columbia at the age of 23.'

    If Michel was her youngest son,what does that make her son Kyle?

    I feel badly for her children with Kemper, they seem to be but a footnote in her public life, especially when their mother began living her life as a Trudeau again.
  48. john reid from Ottawa, Canada writes: Margaret Whatever has and will always be her own worst enemy. Humility is a virtue she would never recognize. Blame all her mistakes and bad choices on some ill defined mental illness or drug use? She is a spoiled brat with delusions of grandeur. You get out of life what you put in. She has always wanted everything on a platter or in a limousine. Reality can often be truely devastating, Scarlett!
  49. Stephen John from Toronto, Canada writes: Unfortunately Margaret Trudeau knows nothing about Cannabis!
    And to go around spewing nonsense about harm caused to her by Cannabis is extremely ignorant.

    I was in the same boat as Margaret 15 years ago and blamed Cannabis for my anxiety and depression.

    After trying every doctor perscribed concoction and losing my wife and house and children someone passed me a joint at a party and voila!- I am cured. I became the first Federal exemptee for depression in Canada.

    The truth is Cannabis is less harmful than anything the doctor will give you and if you use the proper strain you will be cured too!

    Recent scientific studies have proven proper treatment with low dose cannabis is just what we need for stress reduction and symptoms of depression and anxiety

    I would suggest you contact a Compassion Centre for proper advice and guidance and stop listening to Margaret Trudeau's fantasy reefer madness stories.
  50. diane marie from calgary, alberta from Canada writes: Those who prefer a 'normal' society are always complaining when they perceive that someone 'abnormal' is seeking and/or getting any attention. Thus, we have people who profess not to object to gays, but wish they wouldn't be so public about their predilections. The mentally ill should just hide away, too. And feminists. Immigrants. Don't these people (aka 'special interest groups') know their place? The problem with people who don't fit the mould is that they remind people who prefer social neatness that society isn't neat. Shame on them for objecting to being invisible or being unwilling to be shunned. Carolyn Astgen astutely notes that those who don't fit the mould are often those who add richness and colour to our collective lives. Some people, apparently, prefer grey. That's their problem.
  51. urban ranger from Vancouver, Canada writes: 'Craftytee Craft from Etobicoke, Canada writes: It would be nice if the Globe would proof read'

    How about the posters proofreading their own material?
  52. Neil Fiertel from Spruce Grove, Canada writes: Some of the comments are so lacking in understanding about the intricacies of the human brain as to be defining exactly why Ms. Trudeau is an advocate for mental health.There is a link between intelligence, creativity and various forms of bi- polar disorder especially in such ares as writing and poetry as well as music. Surely if everyone were just as balanced as a potato, the world might be a calmer place but there would be little song and not much poetry. Having known many an artist and musician and scientist who have been at the least eccentric and at the most just on the verge of very, very 'odd' and possibly more, I can say that it comes with the territory of brilliance and creativity. I would not wish the downside on anyone but I would ask of our society to see as our Native People do, that the oddities of behaviour are more to do with being a Shaman and worthy of respect for what they can do and not for what they cannot. Our Canadian Society would benefit from a little understanding, medical help and recognition from government, schools and each and every one of us. This hold true for ALL mental illness, from Schizophrenia to Bi Polar Disorder and any of the various modalities of brain chemistry and neurological disorders that are only recently beginning to unravel to research and thus, to understanding and treatment. More money needs to be put to this task as mental illness most commonly in the form of depression has a profound affect on families and children and so often these maladies are not recognised or respected as true illnesses by family, friends and sometimes even by doctors. Psychologists often are part of the problem when they do not recognise that much of what ails their clients is biological and inherited and what the client/patient needs is both counselling AND medicines and not one without the other. Canada has a long way to go to recognise this deficit in our health care system and in the society at large.
  53. Hugh Andrew from Canada writes: I wish her well at this stage in life. It is, however, too bad that she brought disgrace to Canada and the position of Prime Minister's wife in her younger life. Her trampish behaviour still has not been forgotter nor forgiven.
  54. fergus macduff from United Kingdom writes: mick and the boys say hello
  55. Snow Worn from Canada writes: 'as balanced as a potato' - love it. But also agree, Neil Fiertel, that outside the lines is essential and not in need of 'fixing' but darkenss, if accompanied by pain & hopelessness and/or homelessness, etc etc..does.
  56. diane marie from calgary, alberta from Canada writes: Hugh Andrew:-- Oh, please, she wasn't/isn't your mother, girlfriend, or wife. Or chattel.
  57. R L from Canada writes: Brave of her to step out and make a statement and attempt to help make changes. Mental health is disregarded in our province. It is also complicated to treat. But with more people drawing attention to the issues, maybe we will see more positive changes.
  58. HeyBoppaRebop SheBop from Canada writes: Mick confirmed at the time that those malicious rumours were false.

    Gossip-mongers here need to get a life.
  59. Bobby the K from Dreadnaught, ON, Canada writes: ~

    To use cannabis in a therapeutic way i find the best thing to do is fry it well in butter and eat it on an empty stomach. the effects take awhile to come on, but last longer and it is a more stable experience.

    Combined with yoga, meditation etc. a real healing and balancing can take place.
  60. james mcintyre from Canada writes: Well many of the 'kind' Canadians speak again! Wow, such nice people
  61. S Palframan from Canada writes: Tilda Martin - good luck with your relative. I had the same issue. Anasognosia is very common, and you need to focus on getting the person to accept help. They will not accept their disease, as they don't think they have it. But they might accept treatment.

    Good luck. Don't give up.
  62. John Longshot from Canada writes: This woman and her ilk are pariahs!
  63. l.f. ghawke from lethbridge, Canada writes: i would like to know the name of the senior person at the
    Globe and Mail, that was caught naked with another person
    NOT THEIR SPOUSE, BY trudeau that would force this written
    diarrhea to be published in Canadas National Newspaper!!!!!
  64. Nadezhda Krupskaya from Leningrad, Canada writes: Margaret Trudeau has been through personal hell throughout a large part of her life but has the courage to talk about itpublicly. She is an inspiration to many people who have had major problems in their lives and, by being frank about her own experience, especially given her public profile, she will probably help many others in the process. Her courage is inversely proportionate to the base cowardice of her many judgemental detractors. Walk a mile in her shoes, people, before think about throwing verbal stones at her. Well done, Margaret.
  65. Jacqueline Jeffrey from Mississauga, Canada writes: I don’t know what’s more entertaining, reading these ridiculously politicized articles or the phony comments of support after them.

    How pathetically Canadian to never have the nerve to tell it like it truly happened!
  66. John Lansing from Canada writes: John "Cast The First Stone" Longshot writes: "This woman and her ilk are pariahs!"

    Her ilk, John? What ilk is that, long-suffering mental health patients? Or perhaps you simply meant divorcees with a public profile? Geez, man. I know it's Monday and all, but lighten up.
  67. kat i from Whitby, Canada writes: The Trudeau campagning has officially begun. Please don't talk about her hardships. You want to see hardships women endure... travel to Africa or East Asia.
  68. Disappearing Country from Obese City, Canada writes: Well, our harships here may be relative, but they are still hardships and must be put in to perspective with the amount of work we have done to get where we are. The Trudeau family is frightfully honest for a political family. If anyone is a 'fruitcake' thats fine with me, because they are honest when closet case conservative prescription drug addicts pretent to be fine and drag us down the crapper with undefined speed. The current administration's crimes continue to be exposed so it is only time untill their joke expires. Who will pay for what they did? - the law will figure that out but unfortunately so will politics; treason is a high crime, but it tends to be politicians who always get away with it. People who write emails will go first. One can dream that Ignatieff with Justin to follow will be the real deal and we will all be happy, that would be nice, but there is always a fly in the ointment.
  69. John Longshot from Canada writes: John Lansing, by way of clarification, her ilk (in this case) are her progeny (PET-offspring)! In no way do I disparage those who are suffering from depression, bipolar or other mental health issues. One thing society excels at is stigmatizing those who have mental health problems while not acknowledging that they are real people who need help.
  70. kat i from Whitby, Canada writes: Disappearing Country from Obese City, Canada writes: One can dream that Ignatieff with Justin to follow will be the real deal and we will all be happy, that would be nice, but there is always a fly in the ointment.

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    We will all be happy? Hardly.
  71. John Longshot from Canada writes: SARAH HAMPSON you've got to be one of the Globe and Mail's biggest sap reporters!!! "irrepressible as ever" what a title! You sure know how to kss Margaret's as!
  72. Robert Ross from Surrey, Canada writes: Kudos for Margaret for coming to terms with her illness and becoming an advocate for mental health issues. Mental illness unfortunately still has a stigma attached to it and therefore people are reluctant to get the help they need. It affects us all through family members, friends or co-workers. It is time to that we opened our hearts and minds to those that suffer.

    Well done Margaret for meeting your demons head on! Right on!
  73. Midnight Madness from GTA, Canada writes: Margaret Trudeau is an icon. I commend her courage, her eloquence and her forthrighteousness. It takes a lot for a public figure to come out into the open about something so personal as her battle with manic depression. It's not enough that she was chastized throughout the past as an example her involvement with the Rolling Stones issue years ago was made into a mountain and it was truly nothing to go "Oh my gosh" about. She has persevered and weathered the most appalling criticism for every single little move for which she's made. Compare her so-called scandels to today and the celebrity crap we have shovelled down our throats on a consistent and daily basis and one seriously has to question...."Whoopee" about her past moments. I wish Maggie Trudeau all the best and feel she's a lifeline to many and we're fortunate to have someone with no holds barred speaking out loud and bringing the subject once taboo of 'manic depression' into an open forum. Good for her!
  74. Emilio Garazgos from Kanata, Canada writes: I remember during the state funeral for PET, that I was disgusted by Margaret's gawking about like a giddy schoolgirl, at the many celebrities who had chosen to attend to pay their last respects to her former husband, more disgusted than I was at her prior well-publicised episodes of imprudent behaviour.

    I suppose that upon learning (or perhaps more precisely "confirmed" by this article) that Maggie had been dealing with psychiatric disorders for most of her life diminishes that disgust somewhat but at the same time, one realises that a large portion of the population deals with the same issues on a daily basis, just not in the spotlight of the media.

    So 60, she is. Irrepressible as ever-- apparently.
    Sane ? Is any of us really sane ?
    Perhaps it's a matter of "We have our moments" (of sanity and "other") and that Margaret is simply Margaret.
  75. Tula Tam from Selkirk, MB, Canada writes: Usually the reporter does not write the headline, nor the caption. There are headline writers. Sometimes they and the caption writers don't really read the whole article. Speaking from experience.
  76. R B from Kingston, Jamaica writes: I am not going to follow suit with all the cynics in the crowd. Margaret is unpredictable, spontaneous, vulnerable, quirky and contintental. She has a childlike quality which she has retained through the years. On a deeper level she and Trudeau were not compatible but, in the early years it was a love story, a bit of glamour in Canada in the early seventies. My mom said she was Pierre and Maggie at Tremblent in the early seventies and mom said you could see the electricity between them. Not logical, not disciplined, but so Margaret. I have time for this lady. She has been through much and I do not think she is using her bipolar tendencies as an excuse. Anyway, an interesting article on a colorful person.
  77. james mcintyre from Canada writes: Is there not a more flattering photo of Margaret available. With friends like you who needs enemies.

    In reply to some, many times a woman by choice or not, society tends to know her as the name her children are named, hence, Margaret Trudeau.
  78. G G from Toronto, Canada writes: First of all the suggestion that bi-polar dissorder afflicts the gifted is not true. For every gifted person afflicted with this, there 2 to 3 times more people who never reach their potential due to this disease. It can be crippling. Medication and support are the key to keeping it in check. It's a struggle and congratulations to Margaret for shining a spotlight on this.
  79. tablogloid sadmanwhosane from toronto, Canada writes: A pox on attention seeking posters who can only diss a brave and courageous woman.
    Margaret Trudeau has the guts to come out and admit her illness and her mistakes in life. She is willing to put all on the line in the hope that she can help anyone suffering from a mental disorder. Perhaps all of us could do with a little reference to the eightfold path of buddhist philosophy, now and then, like Margartet has.

    1. Understand clearly what you want to do with your life
    2. Do not waste time daydreaming.
    3. Say only good things.
    4. Perform unselfish deeds.
    5. Try not to take jobs that will hurt others.
    6. Try your best at all times.
    7. Be mindful and pay attention to what you are doing.
    8. Concentrate on what you have to do.
  80. Steve French from Windsor (Flint, North), Canada writes: Golly I'm so depressed. Life must be so hard being a rich, ruling class parasite who never worked a day in her life.
    Woe is me, I think I got post-partum depression, separation anxiety, ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a bad case of the runs.
    Boo hoo.
    Such a hard life.
    Time for a speaking tour.
  81. martha stewart from Canada writes: tablogloid writes: "A pox on attention seeking posters who can only diss a brave and courageous woman."

    Funny. How about a pox on self-absorbed people who think their mood swings are national news, and a pox on writers who cover this... starting with what she was wearing.

    Steve French said it all.

    But this just seems to be a discussion on whether Justin Trudeau's mother is sane, and the photo doesn't help.

    I think she's as sane as any flower child her age.
  82. Jeff Michaels from Toronto, Canada writes: I guess she's old enough to still be partying with the Rolling Stones
  83. gregorj 58 from Fonthill, Canada writes: I saw Margaret speak a few years ago at Brock University. I have nothing but respect for her work in mental health, and for sharing her journey with us. Anyone whose life is touched by Bipolar Disorder can appreciate her frankness. She is truly speaking from a position of health.
    If only all the nasty people posting nasty comments could say the same.
  84. Bob G - from Hohhot, Canada writes:
    The ignorance of many posters here is appalling.

    A very helpful and informative article.
    Good luck Maggie.
    Courage.

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