It made me so upset to read the latest reports that Mary Kennedy had to beg for money in the weeks prior to her death while her husband was jet setting across the country with his new girlfriend playing the role of ‘happy step-mother’ to their children. While this was going on, his legal team of bullies was busy making Mary’s life a (humiliating) living hell with a scorched-earth litigation approach. In my opinion, it’s another case of extreme Narcissism.
I know how intimidating it is to walk into a courtroom. I know how hard it was to be in the spotlight when people were still believing my X’s lies. What I can’t imagine is the shear hell that Mary Kennedy experienced while going against the Kennedy Compound complete with an arsenal of attorneys and PR teams at every turn.
To comprehend what Mary Kennedy was put through over the past year is something that only we (survivors) can begin to understand. We can’t however, begin to understand the intense media scrutiny that she was subjected to. As expected, the media will continue to focus on the claims of alcoholism and the antidepressants that she was taking instead of the real problem: she was the victim of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Another sad fact: I have spoken with so many women (a few who are close friends) who are terrified to get help for the depression they are experiencing in their own divorces. They are afraid of their X husbands using their depression as a weapon against them in court. The media will now heighten that fear by painting a picture of a woman who battled depression and committed suicide because she was so beat down in every avenue of her life.
The answer to this problem: continuing education in the court system, the media and in the general public.
Note: My blogger, friend, Paula Reeves-Carrasquillo had great advice on the topic of depression to I thought I would edit the blog to share it with you: I know this may be a difficult alternative for some suffering from depression but abstaining from alcohol and doing yoga and meditation really does help. I was able to go off my antidepressants recently. It’s a lot of work to reclaim ourselves from these men who emotionally raped us. Plus, there are online therapy options that can be hidden from lawyers prying eyes, perhaps.
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