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“Real Housewives” React To Kelly Bensimon’s Breakdown

New viewers to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” on Thursday evening may have seen something unique to television — an actual psychotic breakdown.  Most viewers are accustomed to the histrionics and melodrama of the housewives (all of them — New York City, New Jersey, Atlanta, Orange County), but Thursday’s episode, according to Teresa Giudice of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey, was “the most disturbing episode of reality TV I’ve ever watched in my life.”  And she wasn’t the only Housewife weighing in after Kelly Bensimon spent the episode claiming that castmate Bethenny Frankel was trying to kill her and even telling Alex McCord that she was channeling the devil.

“I sometimes feel she [Kelly Bensimon] is at a different place than the rest of us,” Ramona Singer noted in her blog.  It was during Ramona’s “non-bachelorette party” that Kelly Bensimon seems to have “snapped” or had some sort of mental breakdown.  Singer wrote that something seemed to snap in Kelly Bensimon at dinner.  “She was not making any sense. It was as if she had a mini-breakdown.”

Alex McCord wrote in her “The Real Housewives of New York City” blog about Kelly Bensimon’s behavior as well, describing how the former Playboy model had said she was “channeling the devil” at dinner and later called her “Encyclopedia” as if it were an insult.  Alex McCord said that during the photo shoot on the beach during Ramona Singer’s party, she felt uncomfortable, and when Kelly Bensimon, whose many talents (author, editor, designer, Playboy and fashion model) includes photography, attempted to get her to relax by saying her son’s name, she “almost ran into the surf to get away from her.”  She added, “It felt very unsettling to listen to this woman who had been so aggressive the night before, suddenly throwing around the name of my child.”

Note that the diplomatic Alex McCord never suggested a mental breakdown or said that Bensimon was crazy, only implying that things were not normal.

But was it just part of the show, a part of Kelly Bensimon’s over-the-top act?  Is Bensimon for real?  Does she actually believe that Bethenny Frankel may be trying to kill her?  And if Frankel was trying to kill her, does Kelly Bensimon actually believe that the natural foods expert and cook would do so on a videotaped show?  Of course, if Bethenny Frankel were attempting to kill Bensimon, the former Playboy model may have saved herself by drawing attention to her line of maybe-not-so-paranoid thinking.  The trade-off for not being killed and drawing the attention to her fears, however, is that now everyone thinks that Kelly Bensimon had a breakdown of some sort or has gone somewhere close to crazy.

Including her fellow “Housewives of New York City” castmembers…

    65 Responses to ““Real Housewives” React To Kelly Bensimon’s Breakdown”

    1. Jersey says:

      I seem to be the only one who thinks that Kelly is simply a hater and not crazy. She called *Bethenny* “Satchels of Gold”, with sarcasm, when she retorted, “Ok, Satchels of Gold”. I think that this conjures up disgusting and common antisemitic imagery of Jew as gold-digger, untrustworthy w/gold coins in satchel, or purse. You can verify this by researching online. I heard what she meant *right* away and was absolutely appalled and then mystified that nobody else understood it that way. Kelly can barely contain her contempt and, I really think, this is why. If you think about it, people feeelings of prejudice toward Jews often act like this- CRAZY. There is no realy reason to despise Bethenny. It also explains her sheer paranoia over Bethenny trying to kill her. Irony of ironies, Kelly apparently *chose* a jewish name-Bensimon! I think this shiksa airhead shoulda stuck with Humperdink.
      -Princeton, NJ

      • MilwTown says:

        Jersey — Kelly didn’t “choose” the last name of Bensimon. She used to be married to top photographer Gilles Bensimon. She “chose” to keep it after the divorce.

        • Pam says:

          Still a choice. But I hadn’t caught that satchels of gold thing, is that for real?

        • Morgaine says:

          I’m pretty sure “satchels of gold” refers to a FaceBook game called Mouse Hunt where some of the loot you acquire is “satchels of gold.” Kelly’s not deep enough to make the connections you suggest. She can’t even understand basic idioms like making lemonade from lemons or a joke about stomping grapes to make wine.

          She’s mentally ill, and she’s a horrible person on top of it. There’s no way that was an act. She’s trying to laugh it off, but people have finally seen the real Kelly.

      • cas1210 says:

        Ok so why is Kelly such good friends with Jill (Jewish)??

      • Elizabeth says:

        I thought the same thing! I don’t know if I’ve heard the term before but I thought that was an antisemitic insult.

      • jennifer sacco says:

        “NO,”JERSEY” I ALSO AGREE,THERE’S “JEALOUSY”[RE:BETHANNEY]”GOING ON”..KELLY’S SO CALLED “BREAKDOWN WAS REALLY HER “BREAK”OUT” SHE SAID ON “WATCH WHAT HAPPENES” IMAGINE THE NARCISSITIC BELIEF THAT “SHE’S NORMAL WHICH SHE REMIND ME OF EVERY CHANCE SHE GETS[IS SHE TRYING TO CONVINCE HERSELF?] THIS SPOILED,DISTURBED,UNHAPPY W/ SELF,ISANELY JEAALOUS OF BETHANNY’S COMPLETE HAPPINESS..KELLY ID DEVOID OF WARMTH,HUMILITY,GENUINE LAUGHTER OUTLOUD LAUGHTER[SHE NEVER LAUGHS W/ HER HEART![SHE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE CAUGHT THE EYE OF THE OLDER BENSIMONE[“TYRA BAMKS PHOTOG[SINCE TYRA WAS TEEN] KELLY’S CONSTANT REFERENCE TO “BENSIMONE”,BY HER ASSOCIATION,SAYING “I’D HAVE TO MEET SOMEONE AS “MAJOR” AS HIM”[DON’T HOLD YOUR BREATH KELLY] NO NORMAL INTELLEGENT MAN WOULD BE ABLE TO STAND THE LIKES OF YOUR UNGIVING [COLD]NATURE! THE “MAJOR& THE MINOR”[MEANING “MINOR MENTALITY”,,WHAT HAPPENED TO HER SO CALLED “SHYNESS” RE: THAT PHOTOG WHO SHE HAD THAT SMALL INTERLUDE WHEN HER “SHY” CONVERSTAION TOOK A TURN TO “INTIMATE”INUENDO SHE ASKED THE GUY “IF HE WAS WONDERING WHAT SHE LOOKED LIKE WITHOUT NHER CLOTHES[OR SOMETHING SHY LIKE THAT] HE ANSWERED BY SAYING “BUT I’VE “ALREADY “SEEN’ YOU NAKED1 ALL THIS RE: HER “THEY LOOK AT ME AS IF THEY’RE WONDERING WHAT I LOOK LIKE WITHOUT MY CLOTHES[?]” WHAT?..THAT DESERVES A BIG WHAT? “ALL THE “GUYS ALREADY “KNOW”,,”PLAYBOY” WILL BE AVAILABLE TO HER “GIRLS” ONEDAY TOO..SHE CANNOT,COOK,WHICH IS YET ANOTHER REASON FOR HER INEPT INFERIORITY COMPLAX THERE’S NOTHING REALLY MEDICALLY WRONG W/ SOMEONE WHOSE JUST A HATEFUL MANIPULATIVE “DORMANT EVIL’ WHO NEVER EXPOSED HER TRUE NATURE TO JILL7LU-ANN LU-ANN’S INSIP COMMENT RE:”LIONS DEN” KELLY BEING THE SMALL RABBIT IN THE WOODS WAS TOO MUCH LUANN “SHOULD FEEL GUILTY FOR BEING CLUELESS IN THE REALM OF HUMAN NATURE AS SHE MISSED THE “MONEY CAN’R BUY YOU..JUDGE OF CHARACTER1 JILL..HER ANSWER TO “RAMONA” WHOSE GOING TO GO RE:THE ‘ST.JOHN TRIP WHILE RAMONA CALLED HER “HER ANCHOR” WAS COMPLETLY LOST ON THIS RIGID WOMAN WHO NEVER STOPPED BASHING[PERSECUTING BETHANNEY WHAT SHE DID TO “B” WAS UNFORGIVABLE BUT THE WORD FORGIVE HAS NOTHIONG TO DO W/ JILL IS JUST NOT A NICE PERSON THAT’S ALL SHE’S BEEN TOO SPOILED TOO LONG..KELLY TOO AS SHE EVEN HAS HER HANDBAGS IN HER BEDROOM EXPOSED ON SHELVES WHERE BOOKS USUALLY ARE..I HEARD SHE ALSO HANDLES THE H W/ HER HANDS THE[HER] “HORSE[S]BADLY SHE DOES SOMETHING W/ HER HANDS MANY HORSE OWNERS FIND SICKENING,SEEMS KELLY DOESN’T KNOW “HOW” TO HANDLE THE HORSE[S] THE CORRECT WAY THUS SHE HURTS THEM,IN HER ATTEMPT TO JUMP,AN EXPERT ONLINE POINTED THIS OUT..THE HORSE IS NOT BEING “HANDLED”.W/ THE CARE,OR EXPERT “TOUCHING OF HANDS” THINGEEE..WHAT A SHAME THAT POOR HORSE..KELLY WAS ALWAYS “DORMANT EVIL” THIS “LIONS DEN” NOTION LUANN SAYING[7 JILL] “I TOLD HER NOT TO GO…WITHOUT US [JILL SAYING.WITHOUT “US”] THE OTHER WAS “SHE’S BRAVE TO HAVE GONE ALONE[LUANN] UTTERED, THEY ARE ALL NUTS AS THEY REALLY BELIEVE KELLY IS NORMAL JILLS “I;M WORRIED ASBOUT KELLY TELLING HER “JUST “BE THE LADY YOU ARE & LET BETHANNEY BE BETHANNEY WHILE KELLY’S MISERABLE UNCONCIOUS NOTICE OF THE HEAVEN SHE WAS IN,THAT TALKING W/ HER NOSE,TELLING SONYA..”TELL ME A ‘TORY?’..[YACT],,SONYA ALSO PLAYED THE VICTIM,”YOU DITCHED US..YOU LEFT ME ALONE W/ HER[KELLY] NO THEY DIDN’T ‘SHE WANTED TO BE THE PLAY THE “I WAS THERE FOR HER ROLE] HEROE I’D HAVE LEFT HER THERE! STILL NJ FRANKLIN LAKES TERESA THE PERSUCUSION AGAINST DANIELLE IS JUST TOO MUCH FROM THOSE CO CALLED ITALIANS I A SICILIAN GENUINE ROOTS,AS MY FAMILY NEVER BEHAVED AS THEY DO CAROLINE’S BORDERING ON ILLITERATE BULLYING PERSONA DINA’S SOOO STRESSED OUT OVER DANIELLE THINK PEOPLE DINS’S CONCEIT REACHED NEW HEIGHTS “IS SHE TRYING TO “BE ME”,SKIN ME,WEAR ME LIKE LAST YEARS “VERCAGE?’ DON’T FALTTER YOURSELF DINS DANIELLE GAVE YOU THAT “HUG” W/ HER HEART,SHE’S GOT A GOOD HEART & THE ASHLEY TEXTING THE SOFT SPOKEN DAD,BUT KNEW HOW TO DISPLAY HIS SHARPENING OF KNIVES IN FRONT OF THE COWARDLY DEREK,THIS NJ FAM & THE POSTERS ARE INSANE IN FACT WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A POSTER POSTED TO OTHERS TO JUST CHECK OUT YOUR OTHER COMMENTS AS NYMOVIELOVER]SCRENE NAME DID HACKING INTO MY PAST SITES I WAS ACTUALLY READING “MY OWN” COMMENTS & INFO!” i SHOULD SUE BRAVOTV FOR THIS THIS LUNATIC AT 3AM W/ RELENTLESS ANGER OVER MY CANDOR SAYING TERESA’S PARTIALITY TOWARDS GIA,WHILE IGNORING HER OTHER LILLE ONE[THE REALLY PRETTY ONE WHO DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE FROGGY FAVE JOE[OVERSEXED] ALMSOT BANKRUPT[SECTION 5 NEWARK FEDERAL COURT DATE] HOUSE UP FOR SALE LOOKS LIKE” TERESA WILL HAVE TO GO TO WORK”SHE TOLD US DANIELLE SHOULD?TERESA COULDN’T STAND THE COACH TELLING HER GIA NEEDED TO GET RID OF HER JERSEY ACCENT IT JUST KILLED TERESA TO LISTEN TO ANYONE..ILLITERATE FOUL MOUTH NEXT WEEK SHE’LL BEGIN TO AGAIN INTINIDATE DANIELLE WHILE CAROLINE AGAIN WILL COVER UP THIS CRIMINAL..SOCIOPAOING ON,HERE DINA LEFT BEC- SHE WANTS TO BE HOME W/ HER DAUGHTER & HER CATS WHILE “ZENNING”,BELIEVING SHE’S SOO SPIRITUALLY ENLIGHTENED” SHE’S SO CONCEITED THEIR SOOO JEALOUS OF DANIELLE’S IN TOUCH W/ HER SEXUALITY,WHILE CAROLINE’S DOUBLE CHIN,,KAKING FUN OF “HELLS ANGELS “KINNA GUYS?’ IS SHE ASKING OR MAKING A REMARK?] “KINNA GUYS?’ BURLESQUE DANCING,,ALSO SHE MADE FUN OF THAT SAYING ‘WHAT ARE WE NOW IN 1935..WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO DANCING TO THE STYLE OF BURLESQUE AS MANY WOMEN[GIRLS ASPIRE TO THIS STYLE WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN ALL THESE YEARS THEY STILL REFER TO DANNY PROVENSANO AS THUGS?..OH YES HELLS ANGELS “KINNA GUYS?’ HAVE BEEN DONATING THOUSANDS TO KIDA FOR OVER 40+YRS..THAT’S THE EMPTY MIND OF CAROLINE..IF KELLY IS STILL ON NY HW..DANIELLE WILL ALSO STAY THEY JUST DON’T THROW OFF PEOPLE AFTERALL NOT ALL OF US “HATE” DANIELLE,& WHO DOESN’T LOVE THE GENUINE BETHANNEY WHO ALSO HAS A GOOD HEART,TALENT,SOMETHING KELLY KNOWS SHE DOESN’T HAVE]”DORMANT [KELLY’S] EVIL SHE WAITED TO INTIMIDATE BETHANNEY,”DORMANT EVIL”WHOSE IN THE “LIONS DEN?’ DO YOU THINK SHE’D HAVE ALLOWED LU&JILL TO SEE THAT SIDE OF HER?}

        • Alisa Quint says:

          It is my opinion that you are the crazy ones.
          Have you ever been a group of people who don’t really like you and how uncomfortble it makes you feel. Kelly may not be the poster child for the most insensitive person; but the others certainly are.
          Bethanney screams “tthen go to bed!!!” at the dinner table. That is crazy, when someone you think is having a breakdown.
          Kelly is trying to stay positive, as does Dina. But that does’t sell for ratings.
          If it bleeds it leads.
          As for being anti-semetic when was that ever said…
          This is reality tv and, cheap to produce, edited for ratings.
          Beat up on Kelly, and you think YOU have the right to say she is crazy…
          AND Hermes bags are Art! I would have them on my shelves.
          All the housewives were mean and dismissing of Kelly if she was indeed having a breakdown with the exception of Sonia who is the only REAL housewife at that island dinner.

      • Ginger Lee says:

        Um, Bethenny’s not Jewish. She’s Greek.

    2. Valerie says:

      Bethenny didn’t provoke Kelly into calling her a “ho-bag” or tell Sonja “If you had it going on like this, you wouldn’t give it away either” in reference to not having one night stands. Honestly, what is the big deal about about one lousy snide comment that was made last season about Kelly behaving like Madonna? This is the entire basis for the confrontation at the Brass Monkey and the resulting enduring drama- if you don’t worship Kelly, you must want to kill her. This is what she means by being “nice”. If you aren’t “nice” eg- praising her for how great she is, you are “creepy” and “gross”.

      I must be old- I remember when being compared to Madonna was a huge compliment. I think Madonna should be on the next “Watch What Happens Live”!! Unless Kelly thinks Madonna is out to get her as well….

    3. Jersey says:

      P.S.
      Also: her seemingly bizarre comments to Alex that she’s channeling the devil? Jews are often portrayed as devils by antisemites-another unfortunately common depiction. So it makes perfect sense to me. She may be crazy, but not in the sense many think. Her words and behavior make perfect sense when interpreted from this perspective. Disgusting.

      • cas1210 says:

        Is Alex jewish? I don’t think so, you are making as much sense as Kelly.

      • mosiecat12 says:

        I have to agree with cas1210, Jersey. It seems like you are looking for something that just isn’t there. Anyone of any faith can be accused of channelling the devil as evil is a pretty ubiquitous concept. I sincerely doubt she was making an anti-semitic slur there, just an absurd and desperate statement. I don’t think Alex is even Jewish. Maybe you’ve got a point with the “satchels of gold” thing, but seeing as she is friends with Jill, the self-professed yenta, I doubt she hates the Jews. She lives in New York for crying out loud! If you have to do in-depth research about what little miss batshit crazy says, you’re probably over thinking things. Kelly just isn’t that deep and neither is anything she says.

    4. k8 says:

      Jersey… Did you notice that Kelly also dipped her fingers into her water crossed herself (must have been raised Catholic is my guess) at the dinner table?

      • Pam says:

        Wow. If she was raised Catholic, then doing that was even weirder.

        • P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

          I am Jewish, obvious if you red my last name..but I have many Roman Catholic friends. I know enough to see the sicknes here. First of all, she has no pius bearing to even bless water into Holy water. Only a man of the cloth such as a priest , or bishop, cardinal or the Pope can do such things. Another delusion of hers. Many people with shizo-effective behavior disorder, such as hers, become very obsessed with angels, devils, demons and the feeling of a certain “power” they possess. Which, in my professional opinion is just another example of why Kelly just does not have the capacity to believe that she can ever be acting in a bizarre manner. To her, it is everyone else. The paranoia, the constant need to be right at ALL times, etc. Read my post below for my detailed professional opinion as a pychiatrist regarding my thoughts on Kelly’s behavior.

        • cas1210 says:

          I don’t recall Alex being Jewish, so how is that an anti-Semitic comment?

          • P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

            No, I don’t beleive Alex is Jewish,in fact I’m sure she isn’t….I was speaking of the “satchels of gold ” comment from Kelly towrds Bethenny, who is Jewish….which is obviously an anti-semetic remark. I really don’t want to watch the episode again..I work only half days on Mondays:) But, maybe Kelly was dipping her fingers in the “non-holy” water , then making the sign if the cross because of her belief that Alex is is vampiric and channeling the devil?

      • P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

        This is just another example of her shizo-efective behavior..OR, full blown schizophrenia. Which could be hereditary, OR many people devlop schizo-effetive or schizophrenia from former cocaine use.( it called Cocaine Induced Schizophrenic Behavior)..People with these disorders have the delusions and obsessions with demons, devils, being messengers of God on earth, paranoia, and the belief that they have special ‘powers’ that to them, no one could possibly understand, becuase they believe they are “chosen people of God”…I am not here to dispute wether she is or not..many Saints were thought to be mentally ill, too. But, even though I am a Jew, I have many Roman Catholic friends, and know enough about catholicism to know that Holy water ONLY becomes Holy when blessed by a man of the cloth; such a a priest, a deacon, a bishop, a cardianl or the Pope himself. For her to think she has ‘the power’ to bless her own glass of water and make the sign of the cross with it is not only sacrelige in the eyes of the Ctaholic church, but just another spiritual delusion she is having …often between good and evil….Read my post below for my full professional opinion as a psychiatrist of Kelly’s behavior….

        • Curious says:

          Doesn’t opiate use cause sugar cravings? I find it strange that Kelly travels with so much candy and was throwing bags of lollipops on the blanket at the photo shoot. After her “breakdown” she left and came back with more candy and then couldn’t stop eating jelly beans.

        • CANDACE630 says:

          methamphetamine
          smalls like cat pee
          makes you paranoid
          you crave sugar

        • hudson says:

          First of all I do not think you are a real doctor. Second, Kelly probably does not even know the true meaning of satchels of gold.

          Leave the diagnosing to the REAL professionals. You do more harm than good. And get good dictionary. Your spelling is atrocious for a supposed educated person.

        • Gary Gonad says:

          You’re an MD not a psychiatrist. Please stop posting your lame opinions and theories as a professional diagnosis.

        • Wendy says:

          I am not an M.D. but I think Kelly is schizophrenic, as well. My reasoning for it comes from the fact that her sentences are structurally correct, but the sentiments are completely random. In one sentence, she will talk about rainbows, in the next sentence she will talk about fur and PETA, in the next sentence she will talk about something else. Her thought process does not follow a logical progression. And when she responds to someone, she doesn’t continue on the same train of thought. It’s difficult to follow what she’s saying.

          If you re-watch the Season 2 Reunion show, you will see those “Kelly moments” when the cast is discussing Jill’s fund-raiser. In addition, Kelly gets flustered when she can’t think as fast as others and says, “Just stop” or “What are you doing?”

          I really hope that she gets help because it must be frustrating for her to try to communicate with others and it certainly seems that others get frustrated trying to communicate with her.

    5. Debbie A. says:

      I watched in awe of the whole Kelly against the world rampage. She has generally been making no sense this and last season. She comes up with the most absurd comments on what people say to her. At first I thought that she was just really dumb, but after yrsterdays episode I also think that she is having some mental health issues. I have been a psychiatric nurse for many years and have seen this type of behavior in psychotic patients. They can’t carry on a normal conversation, are paranoid,anxious, religiously preoccupied imaging people are evil, such as channeling the devil,and are very difficult to convince that one means them no harm. What Sonja said is true and it appears that Kelly is damaged in some way and may have a chemical imbalance. The best thing for Kelly at this point is to calm down the situation. Kelly may need an evaluation from a psychiatrist just to establish a baseline and evaluate what illness sbe may have at this point. All I do know is that she was truly unbalanced and needs some kind of help!

      • Pam says:

        I think every last one of the housewives at that table acted with such calm measure; looking for reasons, where I would be wondering just how much it would cost me in a lawsuit to slap Kelly. But then they were present, and when people get real calm in a situation like that, you know it’s because they are scared. The woman always comes off a little unbalanced, but now she’s rabid.

    6. Maggie says:

      Kelly is crazy. I think she has been out of the limelight for quite sometime and decided to go on HWONY to spice up her life. She is a total nut case and should be taken off the show. She doesn’t make any sense when she talks and never has. What were you thinking when you put this total loser on your show. Please….give us something more intelligent to keep our interest up.

      M in Atlanta

      • I in Maui, Hawaii says:

        I am always amazed while watching this show. I feel these women are so caught up in who has what & who is doing what. They are so shallow and sad…it seems a true friend is hard to find in New York. Honestly…it is so pathetic & Kelly is absolutely bonkers. She should really get some help. It’s like watching a train wreck — so sad.

    7. mary Ann says:

      I can’t watch this trainwreck anymore ! She needs to be taken off the show and her kids need to be protected.

    8. jackie says:

      Kelly’s behavior is frightening. Her face became distorted and evil looking, creepy! I don’t think she adds a thing to this show and someone please check on her children.

    9. Linda says:

      Not only is Kelly having a complete mental breakdown, she is on some sort of drug. Her tongue is thick, speech is slurred at times & her eyes are all wonky crazy!!! Who knows which came first – drugs or a breakdown – but the combination have turned her into a raving, paranoid lunatic. I found it terribly pathetic to have to watch this happen on national TV. I guess it makes for good television but speaks poorly of the producers of this show. Rather than keeping the cameras rolling, someone should have cut the taping, intervened & taken this very ill woman to a hospital with a psychiatric ward. Kelly is in sore need of a shot of Haldol & a 2 week stay!!! And, while they’re at it, they need to pick up Danielle from the New Jersey show & drop her off at the psych ward, also. She is obviously in sore need of a psychiatric intervention, too! Maybe Kelly & Danielle can get booked on Jerry Springer because that is the only place I have ever seen people behaving like this. These women need help soooo badly. They both have 2 young, impressionable daughters. What must they be subjecting them to??!!

    10. Darrell says:

      I read on another message board that Kelly could possibly be on Meth, which would affect her mood and ability to think rationally, and apparently it smells like Ammonia/cat pee (remember Sonja saying that Kelly’s room smelled like cat pee?). I wonder if, when she stormed off at dinner after her crazy tirade, she did some meth or something in her room and that’s why she came back all high/up and craving candy? If it were simply bipolar disease, then she probably wouldn’t be changing her mood that quickly, although she could be using drugs to self-medicate. Anyways, IANAD or a psychiatrist but I do hope she gets help (and I hope the producers ensure it, if only to avoid a major lawsuit) and that her children (and the other housewives) are safe around her.

      • P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

        I seriously doubt that Kelly is on a drug such as meth. My daughter is a substance abuse counselor that deals with clients that have dual diagnoses. I have dealt with many patients that have the disease of adiction, and I have seen what methamphetamine can do to people. First of all, if she were addicted to meth, she wouldn’t be coming out much at all, as the drug is SO addictive that it isn’t a “one hit, leave the room and socialize again” kind if drug. Also , meth destroys one’s looks sooo quickly, that I find it extremely hard to believe that she would ever risk the only thing she has going for her. Her vanity is just too thick…read below for my ‘thoughts’ and medical professional opinion of what is going on with this lost woman.

    11. Vicky says:

      Don’t forget that this meltdown happened months ago. Kelly does not seem to have gotten any help since then.

      Whatever happened, did not affect Jill because she has continued to insult Bethenny for months after Kelly’s meltdown.

    12. Jesse says:

      They should have Kelly submit to a drug test as part of workplace safety requirement.

    13. Brynn says:

      Debbie A, you are exactly correct, I would say schizo effective, which means she has been trying to live and hide with this for many yrs, not just during this vacation, which would explain why she pops away from situations so frequently.
      Drugs can’t make someone psychotic, they can only bring out what is alread in their psychotic personality.

      I do dislike that one can be either schiz or paranoid for that box used for diagnosis. I dislke it because people coming from paranoia and not shiz mixed with the bi thing, are much more able to hide it to all but people like us, and Bethany and Dr.’s.

      It’s a shame as her life and her childrens life is so effected by this.
      I also have to wonder about privacy rights of the mentally ill, and the seriously pyschotic. It is her narci little brain that wants media attention and they are all narci, so that is no disclaimer, but their should be privacy laws the protect her or US from her. g

    14. Rachel says:

      Why does she think feelings come from 1979? Truly in a delusional world.

      • P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

        She was referring to a children’s album called “Free to Be You and Me”..a very poular kid’s record in the mid and late 70’s….it was made with many ‘celebrities’ back then singing on the album. The main gist of the record was all positive stuff..Teaching kids how to get along with each other, singing songs that kids could relate to, songs about “not wanting to clean my room” etc….Yes, it is BIZARRE that she is so against anyone who has feelings. And basically calls those in the world that do have feelings, WHICH IS everyone that is conscious, INCLUDING KELLY, that if you have feelings ‘you must be some sort of whacked out flower child ” or a fan of norman Vincent Peele’s #1 selling book at that time. Kelly, are you aware that every tim you have a bizarre episode and cry..THOSE ARE FEELINGS? Welcome to the real world .

    15. jUDI dAVIS says:

      KELLY NEEDS HELP.PLEASE TAKE HER OFF THE SHOW,DO NOT SHOW THIS PERSON GOING THROUGH THIS ON T V,

    16. P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

      I have been a psychaitrist for over 26 years, with a wonderful practice, and my oldest daughter that has walked in my footsteps.She has worked as an A.R.N.P. psyche nurse at a substance abuse treatment center for 6 years , counseling addicts with dual diagnoses.ie: alcoholism along with borderline personality disorder, etc..I was introduced to “all the Housewives” shows by my oldest daughter, the psyche nurse, and also by my college age daughter. I am not a fan of these shows, just stating the truth here (my daughters love them, and have somehow managed to get me to see many episodes of NY Housewives, and a few other HW shows)..but,as the girls came to stay with me last week, and we watched Thursday’s episode of the NY Housewives on Ramona’s yacht…I must say, my immediate ‘diagnosis button” kicked into high gear.Reading the above comments were very interesting to me. I, being a Jew myself, definitely heard the “satchels of gold” remark for what it was;anti-semetic. Period, paragraph.
      The question obviously seems to be a toss up between attention grabbing behavior (which usually denotes a psyche poblem to begin with), OR is she really having a mental breakdown? As a medical doctor trained in the medicine and treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders, you will never hear the word “carzy” come from me. Mental illnes is a disease , just like cancer. To me, calling someone crazy is no more acceptable than calling someone with a mental handicap a ‘retard”..Absolutely unacceptable. Unfortunately, it is a word thst is tossed around way too often, yet I understand why..when people witness behavior like Kelly’s, and they are not trained in the field of psychiatry, it is the first word that comes to most people’s minds. I think the comment above about how ‘everyone got very calm when Kelly’s behavior completely escalated into bizarre babbling and accusations so wild, that the rest of the women became very calm…out of FEAR.” Absolutely corrrect! The Housewives talked about a ‘chemical imbalance’, and I must say I back them on that thought 100%.No, I do NOT treat Kelly, but it doesn’t take a personal session with someone to see that there is something deeply disturbing about her remarks, paranoia, her back and forth bahavior between getting up and leaving the table, telling everyone “how sick she is of the negativity and witch hunt”, only to come back to the table 3 seconds later with jellybeans and candy.From what I saw on that episode, (I even watched it twice), and many previous episodes I have seen,(luckily, none of my colleagues read this type of thing, or I’d never live it down that I am a “fan” of The Real Housewives..) I would diagnose Kelly right off the bat with bi-polar disorder, especially in the mania department. When people are in mania, they interrupt others constantly,can’t sit still or make up their minds, and have paranoid delusions such as people trying to kill them, and evil manifestations, such as Alex “chanelling the devil”, they also have a strong tendency to believe that everyone is ‘below” them , in a sense that her fear is so strong re: herself as a person, that she constantly blurts out demeaning things about others, such as the repitive topic of “how sick of the immaturity, negativity, creepiness and how she is “so above the conversations of the others that she has to endure” is a small example of her delusional thinking. Does she not think that calling Jill and telling her all that she has had to ‘endure the craziness of four women’, and again tearing Bethanny to shreds, is any better than the so-called “immature, negative conversations she is so sick of hearing”?
      There is term in the recovery groups world wide, “If you spot it, you got it.” If I thought she had the capacity to even understand what that meant, I would suggest to the other Housewives to say just that to her, and see what comes out of her as a response. Unfortunately, at this point in Kelly’s mental illness, and have NO doubt that she IS mentally ill, I do not think saying things to ‘make her think” will do any good. In fact, the probability of it just making her more angry is extremely high.
      Bethenny, if you read this blog, please know that I see you as a strong , witty and resonable woman. You know what your limits and boundaries are, and I hope you keep your head held high, and though pregnant with hormones raging, the loss of your dad, do not let anyone else’s opinion of why you went on the cruise unsettle you in any way.. Everyone grieves differently..which , once again brings me back to Kelly and her closed -minded thinking. She is a perfect example of what we psychiatrists call “Queen Baby”. She truly believes that her thoughts are always right, and the ONLY thoughts and opinions that matter. She is 100% incapable of understanding that she is NOT always correct in her thinking, that others are allowed to have their own thoughts and opinions, and her actions, verbally and in body language, just rub others the wrong way…it mystifies her as to why she isn’t understood. It is all just part of her serious mental illness.
      On an end note, my complete diagnosis for Kelly, just from watching the show, being FULLY aware that the producers edit and cut up these shows to show the most ‘drama” they can..either way, one cannot just dismiss Kelly’s behavior on the way she is presented on the show. She has acted out in MANY episodes , in fact, every one I have seen with her in it. My final diagnosis: Bi-Polar disorder with intense episodes of mania, Queen Baby” disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD from somewhere in her life, and according to my daughter whom I trust as much as I do my colleagues, an ‘under the radar’ drug problem of some type. Who knows? She may be on anti-depressants that are displaying awful adverse side effects, and she has no clue. She may have an addiction to benzos such as Xanax or Valium, which if taken in large doses, due to tolerance build up, leaving the person having to take more of the drug than Rx’d, can certainly be a part of her mean, bizarre behavior.
      My suggestion to Kelly and her friends: PLEASE get this young woman who does have children, the help she so despreately needs. She is a time bomb waiting to explode. If she walks away, ignores you, which is highly likely, get a 72 hour ACT placed upon her so she will be forced to go to a psyche unit for at least 72 hours. She is definitely a threat to HERSELF and others.She needs a “TIME OUT”..but not on her terms. Her idea of a time out consists of maybe 2-3 seconds, to maybe 5 minutes.Which is demonstratively shown as just NOT enough Time Out time.

      I see patients like Kelly every day, and there is hope for her..the first step is to just get her somewhere, with a judge’s order, and quickly.I truly believe if she does not get the help she needs, her children will wind up a part of a system that can damage families for a very long time. She does NOT want her kids in foster care.And needs to realize that she is “above that” happening. She is NOT.

      Best of luck to you all in trying to get her the help she needs.

      Sincerely, P.Labinowitz, M.D.~Member of the Board of American Psychiatrists, FACP

      • P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

        Sorry for the typo of “carzy”..see, I loathe the word so much, I even misspell it while typing..obviously, the word I meant to type was CRAZY, a term I see tossed around too freely in people’s vocabulary these days…

        • Lupe Gonzales says:

          First of all, I would like to say thank you to P. Labinowitz, M.D. for her findings. I really appreciate this because Kelly just blew me away in that Thursday Episode. I work as an AOD counselor and I have worked in this field since 1992. And being an addict in recovery myself,in my 17th year clean and sober, I too reconized the signs of some type of chemical imbalance with Ms. Kelly. I felt so sorry for Bethanny, the way that Kelly was always attacking her every chance she got. I truly hope that her so called friends get Kelly some help, because I agree with you, she is a time bomb ready to explode. And I do believe that she is a harm to herself and or others. And her poor kids, they need her. So Ms. Kelly, if you read this, please get help for there sake, it shows how much you love them, get help lady.. God Bless you! And Bethanny, I think that you are so awesome, continue to be yourself, a strong beautiful women that you are. I adore you on the show, so glad you will soon have your own show, you go girl..

      • New York says:

        Can someone please tell me what “satchel of gold” means. I have never heard of it before. I saw the episode,I must have either missed that part or was just in aww with what had gone down at that dinner or just wondering if this is really for real. I can honestly say I have never heard of that “expression” or term before and was just curious what that meant.

        Thanks,
        New York

      • Are you an MD says:

        Labinowitz,

        Are you really a physician? Being that FACP means Fellow of American College of Physicians… American College of Physicians is the national organization for internal medicine phyiscians. So are you an internist or psychiatrist?

        By the way the is the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    17. P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

      sorry for the typo re: the word ‘Crazy”, I typed “Carzy”..see, I loathe it to the point that I even spell it incorrectly..a little psychiatric humor here…

    18. Kkl says:

      Thank you for your comments, Dr Labinowitz. I had no idea what “sachels of gold” meant.

      I have a fraternal twin with what I presume is schito-affective disorder (but she is on her meeds and all is well), and Kelly’s drama felt familiar. Good for Sonjia to recognize that Kelly is ill; rationality will get you nowhere.

      Since her ex is now part of the Bravo melodrama (RHWNJ), I hope he can step in with the kids.

    19. P.Labinowitz, M.D. says:

      Thank you for your kind comments…Please know that this comment was left in a truly heartfelt passion for Kelly to get some help. And what frightens me the most is that the women she considers her “good friends” will NOT be the ones to get her the help she needs, but the “four women she had to endure” on the trip to St.John’s will be the saviors in the situation of getting Kelly to the plva she needs to be..Bottom line, I applaud anyone who is willing to take the reins and get this woman into a 72 hour Crisis Unit, and see where it goes from there. Hopefully, in a positive , healthy direction for Kelly’s mental health and the sake of her children.
      One thing I forgot to touch on was , and this is a perfect example of the schizo-effective, bi-polar symptoms..is when kelly dipped her fingers in the glass of water she had on the dinner table, and the made the sign of the cross with it.Obviously, I am not a Roman Catholic, but I DID study for a minor in undergrad school in the subjects of World religions and Theology. Another one of Kelly’s delusions that go right along with the “devil channeling”, the “Bethenny has been trying to kell me”, and the talk of vampire -esque looks of Alex, are all a part of the disease in shizo-efective behavior. These patients are obsessed woth evil , the devil, God speaking through them, channeling the dead, thinking that they possess “special powers” and things of the like. so, back to the finger dipping in water…obviously, she felt as though she had the POWER to bless a glass of dinner water into Holy water for her make the sign of the cross with. And is she is truly Catolic, then she would KNOW that the only people that can bless water to male it Holy are men of the cloth, such : deacons, priests, bishops, cardinals and then the Pope himself.
      Just another delusion of ‘her powers” that do not exist.In fact, that scene in particular is when I KNEW that she was schizo-effective or maybe had hereditary genes in scizophrenia.. I read above in a comment that drugs cannot cause psychosis. CORRECTION..they most certainly can. There is something called meth and cocaine induced shizophrenia…the cocaine use couls have been from years ago, but heavy cocaine use rewires one’s brain in so many negative ways. When people OD on cocaine or meth, it is called cocaine-meth psychosis. Some people die, some come down and are lucky enough to be undamaged and move onto recovery, and then there are those that have had cocaine psychosis that never left them completely again. There are so many wonderful meds on the market these days..(Trust me, I am NOT plugging Big Pharma here), I’m just saying, once again, that there is help and hope for her. It comes down to who is going to prove the most caring person and get her the help she so deperately needs.
      In good mental health to us all, P.Labinowitz, M.D.

      • ChristianMomma says:

        Thank Dr. Labinowitz for your time in posting such insight. My husband and I are very entertained by watching the RHONY and NJ. However, the laughter stopped when I saw Kelly really take a turn these last two episodes. I felt so bad for her and the other four ladies that I felt I needed to pray for her and her children. I hope someone steps up and gets her the help she so greatly needs. I also hope that your post makes it to the Bravo Producers. Another viewer directed individuals to your post her from the NewYork Mag website.
        I can’t wait to read your post to my husband, who thinks Kelly is just “crazy.” I recognized it as something else having suffered from clinical depression myself. I grew-up Catholic and I noticed the hand-dipping in the water and then she crossed herself. It seemed strange and out-of-place. I did not know what satchels-of-gold meant until your post. That is very interesting.

    20. frances 'Big Dog' says:

      I feel sorry for kelly .But then again she can come out with some good once she really does need help and she needs to quit beening so jealous of Bethenny .and as for Jill she needs to stay out of Bethennys live .Behtenny if you read this Good Luck with your marriage and Beautiful Baby.

    21. Jenn says:

      Dr Labinowitz

      This is the second blog I have read where a psychaitrist has detailed Kelly’s outburst and strongly suggested she seeks help. I understand Kelly is still Twittering and facebooking – so it would be safe to assume she hasn’t gotten the helps she so desperately needs. Therefore, as a doctor would you not intervene in this situation? As a professional couldn’t you contact the appropriate government services in NY to ensure Kelly and her children are safe.
      Wouldn’t it be terrible if something happened and all we could say was I told you so?

      Just a thought

    22. holly says:

      I think that maybe alcohol may have had an inducing affect on her behavior. I have noticed that of all the women on the show, kelly is the one who is always turning down drinks. This episode, she has drank more than I have seen her the whole time she has been on the show. I have been around people who cannot handle their alcohol and go off on tirades like this. There are some people who have a so called “allergy” type thing to alcohol, which may provoke the deeper problems in ones mind. I hope she gets help, or for all we know she may be under a physicians care already and just didn’t take her meds or stay away from the liquor. Whatever it is, I don’t think she should be “losing it” on national t.v. Maybe she should take a hiatus from the show for a while, at least until her children are free from the ridicule from other kids at school and such, about their “crazy” mother. I know it’s not nice but we all know that things like that happen between kids. It is sad to witness something like this and I hope the best for her.

    23. Everyone stop responding to P.Labinowitz, M.D.!!! She is a fake and does not exist, just google and you will see that all this supposed dr does is write posting all over different blogs! What a joke!

      • oh well says:

        Who knows if he really is a MD or not. Let’s just say I’m in the ‘medical field’ and find his posts insightful and they will hopefully inspire bravo or her family to seek medical intervention. The more viewer attention to this matter, the more likely bravo will see this as a possible liability issue and finally do something.

    24. Susanna says:

      Yeah, but here’s the thing – what the Doc and others are pointing out is so “on the mark” it’s just not funny. I have 3.5 yrs experience in doing intake interviews for mental health clients. I got some stories, trust. After that, I had 2 yrs exp in emergency med and critical care. Beyond that, even more yrs exp as a Paramedic. I don’t care from what “position” you try and anaylze the behavior shown by Kelly, the fact is that she has portrayed this exact same behavior throughout her time on the show. It’s a very clear pattern that cannot be denied. There is nothing inconsistent with it and if you can find anything that is, please let me know. She is not acting, hello? What we are seeing is HER, and she is quite right. It’s not her in her real life (with no cameras) but is IS her and how she really is in this setting and before the Bravo cameras and cast. Duh? How stupid is she? Yes, this is her. This is the HER she signed up to be! We are watching a progression here that is totally in line with everything we’ve seen on this show up till now. The big difference in the latest two episodes is that she, for the first time, is actually required to spend some signficant time with her castmates. This woman is not equipped to do so. Period.

      Look, they are all on the show in order to become more well known and to promote their own products or interests. That’s a fact and many have been quite forthcoming in admitting that. Kelly herself said the very same recently and says that any press at all helps her to accomplish her goals of becoming more well known and enables her to expand her philanthropic endeavors. She said that herself. She is celebrating all of her very negative press, announcing it all on her Twitter account. To Kells this is all good. ? :-(

      My feeling is this. She went on the show for those reasons. Nothing wrong with that. They all do. Again, think of how honest Bethenny was about that. And I totally love Ramona for being honest about just that. Now, we have Kelly (aka Kellamity…sorry, so descriptive!) It is more than likely that this woman has no concept of not only her “actual” social value (hers, inflated way more than the publics) but also has no concept of “brand” creation. She does not have the smarts herself nor does she have anyone in her circle that does. C’mon, she was a model, yet she looks like a man? her face is so hard!!! Her personality and her personal history add nothing in terms of endearing herself to the general public for anything she might be hawking. Bethenny has a different product and history altogether. (Yup, she has a huge jaw, she’s joked about it – yet – she’s not selling her looks now is she? She’s not claiming she got “famous” on her looks. Yet sasquatch shoulders is??) People can relate to Bethenny.. she is more real and honest. Kelly seems to be selling herself based on her credentials that are narrowly defined by the NY fashion and social scene to which she belongs (by virtue of marrying a photographer!) I can assure you that I read all the fashion mags from the 90’s and often recognize a lot of the models from back then – but not Kelly! I have not seen one pic of Kelly from her “modeling” days! Has anyone else???? You would think that if that were her credentials that such a thing would be easily found…but nada! Where is it? I think she was a “marginal” model. Who knows what she did but it’s not out there to be found, as best I can tell. Now, Gilles obviously introduced her into the circle of people she knows now. That’s cool, good for her. However, I think she’s transferred that into meaning that she is as talented and accomplished as many of them are. Therein, lies the basis of her insecurity. How can anyone fail to see that that’s where this woman’s problems lie? Bethenny is a huge problem for her because Bethenny is sucessful based on her own merits! Gawd, that is why this woman is so threatended and why she got whacked out by the gift bag! Kelly’s celebrity exists in the ether…it exists in her mind, in her “connections” and in her “circle.” It’s not something tangible like a product – and that’s exactly what she received in Bethenny’s gift bag. Product! Tangible proof of someone elses success. The ‘other” girl is outdoing her! Gadoh! Kelly is so sick with jealousies and insecurities that it is truly clinical, at this point. And I for one, totally appreciate and can relate to all the mental health hypothesis that have been presented here and on many other blogs. The consensus is overwhelming. Sorry Kells, you can’t “spin” this away no matter how hard you try. I suspect that you will see this affect your superficial life in some ways, unfortunately it is more likely that within your circle, you may see more invites simply because your insane notoriety will bring attention to anything you may attend. Therefore, invite Satan and the press will surely show. Is that what you want? Better get your Mantra going now babes..cause they’ll be talking shit behind your back. They won’t be saying good things, trust.

      Big Sigh…And in spite of ourselves, we can’t help but watch a good train wreck. Babes, all PR is not good PR, in the long run, trust.

      ps – in terms of the drug use, I see it big time. My sis and her ex were and still are, either meth addicts or on methadone (recovery?). The candy figures in big time. It shows up at the most innapropriate times too, a big clue, if you watch the show. The snacking would become even more prevalent in social situations. Even saw it going on just before a meal was served (like, hello, we’re getting ready to eat!) For them, the timing does not matter, if it’s appropriate it all. The only thing that matters is that the social situation and their resultant anxiety and feeling of alienation causes them to reach for the sugar. The cat pee smell? Yea, Sonia was toasted when it happened but Bravo was giving you all a BIG clue….get it?

    25. shelly says:

      I took the satchels of gold thing to be Kelly mocking herself, as the ladies all make fun of her for living in a fairy tale land and singing, doing cartwheels, and eating candy and playing fun games with fairies. So the satchels of gold thing made me think of the leprachan on Lucky Charms, and the bright rainbow that he does a cartwheels or flip over. Don’t think it was meant as a Jewish slam.

      However, Kelly, as many models and those who are paid to look a certain way are, is extremely shallow. She constantly digs on bethanny and Alex’s looks– basically calling them ugly. She was really mean to Alex, calling her out for looking like a vampire with scary white face and black eyes. I think when things aren’t conventionally pretty or the way that Kelly likes things to look, she gets freaked out. So yes, she probably is racist. I think her main contempt with Bethany and Alex, is they aren’t pretty, and in her world of beautiful people, they wouldn’t fit in or belong. So Kelly feels better than them, and it definitely gets to her that Bethanny puts her down, because Kelly probably thinks it’s just obvious that she is so much better, and Bethanny is the unfortuanate ugly one.

      I really think that Kelly finds Bethanny and Alex unattractive and even repulsive. She can’t hide her contempt and disgust, and think it is purely superficial. kelly only likes/ feels comfortable around, pretty people.

      Shallow, superficial, and not smart. (Are racists ever that smart?)

    26. zero milligrams (o.m.g.) says:

      i’ve said it once and i’ll say it again and again…

      “a spoon full of medicine helps the sugar go down…”

      gum gum berries and la lolly pops were around to keep kelly calmed down.

      she is all kinds of crazy…

      she was and is out of line the way she talks to the other castmates on real housewives of new york. she isn’t very smart and has a hard time keeping up on what is being said to her.

      she isn’t the brightest knife in the egg carton…

      sonja let the cat out of the bag whenever she noticed the strong, strange smell that was coming from kellys’ room on the yacht. at first i thought sonja was being rude talking about someone elses yacht smelling bad, but she was smelling kelly.

      kelly smelled like a junkie, meth head, tweeker, plain old cat pee.

      kelly needs all that candy to tweek out on while she uses her meth.

      crack may be wack but meth is best for kelly bensimon…

      she is sick, she is very very sick…

      bravo and her ex. needs to get her tested and off this show (rhny) for the sake of her kids and for her own sake as well…

      i’m just sayin’…(o.m.g.)i’ll just ‘zip it’ now…

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