While the tabloids continue to promote public speculation and outrage over Robert Kennedy Jr’s decision to exhume the dead body of his wife, Mary Kennedy and move her burial spot to a different and more remote section of the cemetery, other details fail to arouse suspicion, but they should. Her coroners report and toxicology results found no evidence of recent alcohol use, her reported primary “drug” of choice. However, the following info was noted:
The medical examiner’s autopsy report from last week also revealed that there was no alcohol found in Mary Kennedy’s body, but she had taken three antidepressants — trazadone, venlafaxine and desmethylvenlafaxine.
Trazadone, Effexor, and Pristiq, which is a synthetic form of Effexor the dual receptor SSRI anti-depressant. Anyone who knows anything about Effexor knows that it (and any of its close chemical cousins, like Pristiq) has a horrible side effect profile and discontinuation syndrome. In other words, if you try to go even a DAY without taking the medication you feel absolutely awful and suffer from side effects almost as bad as the depression you were attempting to treat…and she was taking both…at the same time. Trazadone or Deseryl is a sedating antidepressant. It makes most people drowsy and is sometimes used as a sleep aid or to help treat anxiety and panic symptoms. Of course, if Mary Kennedy happened to have a mood disorder, bipolar illness or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), as reported, none of the medications in her would be advisable because they could individually or together trigger mania, insomnia, irritability, confusion and suicidal thinking. Kinda makes you wonder what genius psychiatrist she was seeing, or if she was seeing someone who specialized in these areas at all.
Unfortunately a lot of doctors, even good ones fall into the trap of over-prescribing and under-diagnosing. They dont take enough time and dont ask enough detailed questions. They have their prescription pads out before you even finish telling them what you feel is wrong or what is not quite right. The sad part is that the person who first found Mary Kennedy hanging from a rafter in her barn was not the housekeeper as first reported. It was her AA sponsor coming over to check up on her. The sponsor found her body with Mary’s hands on her neck, under the ropes……as if she had “second thoughts” about the whole thing. Maybe thats more common then we think when ones whole life, ones children, and everything we have to live for flashes before our eyes. Or maybe the medications were lousy choices that were not treating the main psychological or psychiatric problem and caused certain side-effects that just made things worse, like impulsive behavior and suicidal ideation. I feel bad for her, but not for her psychiatrist or private physician, whoever that might be. Maybe somebody should look into it.