(LONDON DAILY MAIL) Patrick Kennedy today reveals how America’s first family has been afflicted by mental illness across the generations.

In an emotional interview the former congressman said that the ‘chemical sickness’ has stalked his family for years.

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He spoke bravely of his own struggle with addiction and bipolar disorder and said that public ignorance and the social stigma associated with mental illness heightened the suffering of his relatives affected in earlier generations – particularly his aunt Rosemary, about whom the family rarely speak.

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