I work with people who suffer from mental health challenges and I can tell you that is a whole lot of crazy right there.
Courtesy of USA Today:
Melissa Rein Lively’s spiral in an Arizona Target was caught on video for all to see. She recorded herself destroying a mask display in early July – something she now says she regrets and is in treatment for mental illness.
In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, Rein Lively, the CEO and founder of a public relations firm, said she lost all of her clients and her husband filed for divorce after the videos of her expletive-filled rants went viral.
“I think mental illness has been really something that has not been addressed as a result of this pandemic,” she said. “Because what happened to me was scary and it changed my life forever. I felt I had absolutely no control over my actions.”
After her manic meltdown in the store, Rein Lively said she was taken for a psychiatric evaluation after her husband called police from their home. She said she stayed in a mental health facility for over a week.
Rein Lively shared the video of her pulling masks down at Target on her social media accounts, but it went viral when Twitter user @RexChapman posted it and has been viewed more than 10.1 million views as of Wednesday night. In the video, she shows off her Rolex watch and declared it was worth $40,000.
In addition to working to recover her mental health, she says she knows she has work to do to also rehabilitate her professional reputation.
“It’s going to take a long time for me to rebuild the trust from people, you know as I get my life and career back on track,” she said. “I love what I do and am passionate about what I do and I’m going to fight this.”
Extreme stress from the pandemic, she said, triggered what she called a “manic bipolar episode.”
“I can absolutely see that how I acted was unbelievably inappropriate not to mention classless and just completely out of character for how I conduct myself, professionally and personally,” she said.
I am not quite ready to give this woman a pass and just chalk this up to an outburst due to her being bipolar.
I have seen some pretty outlandish things done by people suffering from bipolar, but this seemed a little premeditated to me.
Besides according to USA Today this is not the first batshit crazy thing this woman has done and filmed for her online audience.
I actually think that she was pandering to the anti-mask crowd for likes, and that things got a little out of hand
I just don’t think she realized how damaging this would be to her reputation, marriage, and ability to make a living and is now looking for a convenient scapegoat to make it all go away.
Mental illness does not actually remove all personal responsibility.
If she is serious about getting help and turning her life around then we should not see any more shit like this from her, ever.