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Say What? Glenn Close Speaks Up About Sister's Mental Illness

Say What? Glenn Close Speaks Up About Sister's Mental Illness


"We didn't know that it wasn't Jess just being wild, there was something going on there. . . We come from the tradition that you hardly ever went to a psychiatrist — it just wasn't done. You certainly don't talk about depression, or alcoholism, or any mental illness. It's just not done, and I think a lot of people still feel that."

— Glenn Close went on Good Morning America today to discuss her family's struggle to understand her sister Jessie's mental illness. Jessie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 47-years-old. The actress and her sister have filmed a public service announcement with hopes of challenging the stigma attached to mental illness.

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PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I don't think that's what Anon was saying...I think she is referring to what Glenn Close said, that a lot of people don't believe in therapy and think it's just for the worse cases. Which is why she replied to Brandiesel, not because she thinks Brandisiel needs help or should be responsible for her boyfriend. Just that therapy is for all kinds of people and not the "worst or extreme cases" only.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 6 years
I don't think that's what Anon was saying...I think she is referring to what Glenn Close said, that a lot of people don't believe in therapy and think it's just for the worse cases.Which is why she replied to Brandiesel, not because she thinks Brandisiel needs help or should be responsible for her boyfriend. Just that therapy is for all kinds of people and not the "worst or extreme cases" only.
sham28 sham28 6 years
And yes, MissSushi, VERY important point. Even though it can make someone feel guilty, everyone has a right to choose whether or not to be in a relationship, and that right trumps trying to 'save' another person. It's so hard and so complicated but you have to put your health and happiness first.
sham28 sham28 6 years
It's getting better, and I'm spoiled living in the DC area where the awareness level is so much higher than some other parts of the country. It's almost luxurious to have a therapist among my peers, and most people I know have been at one point or another.It's still irritaing to hear people call an emotional girl "bipolar" or to think that schizophrenia is the same as disassociative identity disorder (formerly split personality). People are becoming more educated about it every day, though, and I think that trend will continue.Brian, thanks for sharing your story- it helps people to understand that the "ups" of bipolar aren't necessarliy "happy" but that they're more about impulsivity and hyperactivity and like you said, inappropriate "bliss." And sometimes it's completely debilitating. It's important to be compassionate when talking about people with mental illness. It can be their own personal hell.
sham28 sham28 6 years
It's getting better, and I'm spoiled living in the DC area where the awareness level is so much higher than some other parts of the country. It's almost luxurious to have a therapist among my peers, and most people I know have been at one point or another. It's still irritaing to hear people call an emotional girl "bipolar" or to think that schizophrenia is the same as disassociative identity disorder (formerly split personality). People are becoming more educated about it every day, though, and I think that trend will continue. Brian, thanks for sharing your story- it helps people to understand that the "ups" of bipolar aren't necessarliy "happy" but that they're more about impulsivity and hyperactivity and like you said, inappropriate "bliss." And sometimes it's completely debilitating. It's important to be compassionate when talking about people with mental illness. It can be their own personal hell.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 6 years
I think she's right. There are still alot of people who don't "believe in" therapy and don't discuss mental disorders. I know several people who fit this category, some are of Glen's generation and some are younger. It's sad really.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
Your own mental well being is more important then trying an trying to work with someone with a mental illness that isn't interested in staying on their medication or working through the problems. It may sound selfish when put like that, but you can't live in fear or misery your entire life. So, making blanket statements never really works, anon. It isn't the person without the mental illness that is the one who needs to make the decision for therapy, its the person suffering. You can offer your support, but there is only so much you can do. You have to take care of you. I've lived through this and while there are obviously varying degrees, even severe depression can be impossible to live with if the other person isn't willing to work on it.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
I was just telling my story, not speaking out against being bipolar or claiming to know anything about it from a doctors point of view.... I realize that this disease is not the same for everyone. But it was that way for my bf and thats what I wanted to share. And we did go to therapy.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
I was just telling my story, not speaking out against being bipolar or claiming to know anything about it from a doctors point of view.... I realize that this disease is not the same for everyone. But it was that way for my bf and thats what I wanted to share.And we did go to therapy.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 6 years
My ex is bipolar. It was probably the hardest thing I've ever been thru. From the mood swings that went from absolute bliss to locking myself in the bathroom from fear, I never knew what was going to happen or what he'd done when I got home. He was on medication for a while and then felt that he was better so he stopped taking it, without me knowing until he was acting irrational again.
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