Two Sisters and A Story of Mental Illness

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The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war-ravaged republic and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the United States for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder. She would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret. Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side throughout. Jessie's mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn't until Calen entered McLean's psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie's life. In Resilience, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie's illness.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478932840
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Additional Contributors: Earley, Pete
Close, Glenn 1947-

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Apr 12, 2015

Resilience is billed as "two sisters and a story of mental illness." It is, however, much more. It is a story of parents belonging to a cult, a dysfunctional family, substance abuse, a famous film actress, and yes, mental illness.

Jessie Close writes about her life with details of her battle with Alcoholism and mental illness. She indicates a causality. Which way does the cause and effect go? It is hard to tell.

The book makes for an interesting read but other sufferers of Bipolar Disorder will tell you it is not necessarily a completely authentic story of the illness as not all sufferers go through the number of husbands, cars, and houses that Jessie does!


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