Resilience

Resilience

Two Sisters and A Story of Mental Illness

Book - 2015 | First edition
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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 US 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, going so far as to adopt Jessie's daughter when Jessie was abandoned by the child's father. 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. The book is written in Jessie's voice with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455530229
1455530220
9781455548804
1455548804
9781455548828
1455548820
Branch Call Number: 616.89 CLOSE
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Earley, Pete

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Oct 06, 2016

This is an amazing book. As someone who deals with Bi-polar disorder myself and my significant other has Bi-Polar with an Alter that has Paranoid Schizophrenia. It shows how Bi-Polar can affect someone of a long period of time, where as my personal experience has been over the course of months, this is over the course of years. I would highly recommend this to anyone who knows someone with Bi-Polar disorder or even just a good read.

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