Stephen Fried is an award-winning healthcare journalist and best-selling author who teaches advanced nonfiction writing at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Pennsylvania. Fried is the co-author, with Patrick Kennedy, of the 2015 New York Times bestseller A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction. He is also the author of five other nonfiction books, including two specifically on healthcare, mental illness and addiction: Bitter Pills: Inside the Hazardous World of Legal Drugs (which triggered an FDA inquiry into CNS adverse reactions to antibiotics) and Thing of Beauty: The Tragedy of Supermodel Gia (which inspired the Emmy-winning HBO film Gia starring Angelina Jolie). Fried has been a staff writer at Vanity Fair, GQ, Glamour and Ladies’ Home Journal and at Philadelphia magazine, where he won two National Magazine Awards and also served as editor-in-chief. He is best-known for his longform mental health and medical science narratives, beginning in 1984 with an investigation of a series of teen suicides in a school district in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In 1995 Fried wrote the Washington Post Magazine story in which Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison first first “came out” about her own bipolar disorder, before the publication of her memoir An Unquiet Mind.