“I Had This Voice In My Head.” Glenn Close Reveals What It's Like When Mental Illness Knocks On The Family's Door

Date November 12, 2018

The 71-year-old Glenn Close is the famous US actress and producer. Glenn’s acting career began back in the 1970s in “Love for Love.” Nevertheless, she was mostly the stage actress until the beginning of the 1980s.

The actress rose to stardom after the role in “The World According to Garp” which helped her to get the first Oscar nomination. Glenn Close is known for roles in such movies as “The Big Chill,” “The Stone Boy,” “Reversal of Fortune,” “The House of the Spirits,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” “The Stepford Wives,” “Father Figures” and many others.


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Battle with the mental illness

But despite such a successful acting career, Glenn’s life is not easy at all. As reported by the CBS News, the actress knows what it means when mental illness knocks on the door. Her nephew, Calen has schizophrenia, and sister Jessie - bipolar disorder.

Jessie once revealed she had voices that wanted to kill her:

I had this voice in my head that would just not leave me alone.

Glenn’s sister told her about suicidal thoughts in 2003, and she indeed needed help. Glenn claims her sister’s treatment was successful because she wanted that help and support. And the desire of getting help is one of the main elements.


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Glenn said:

When I became an advocate I realized that is a family affair for one in four of us. One in four is touched in some way by mental illness. So, it became obvious to me that we have to talk about it.

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In 2010, they created the foundation called Bring Change to Mind, and help people to get more information about mental health. They also raise awareness about the necessity of helping others:

A lot of times a lot of isolation goes on, which is dangerous. Be aware of how connected we truly are, and if one connection is broken, there could be terrible repercussions. So, we can't afford to ignore, and to think it's somebody else's problem anymore.


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Signs of bipolar disorder

Here are some signs of bipolar disorder, provided by WebMD:

  • grandiosity and overconfidence;
  • periods of anger and aggression;
  • tearfulness, frequent sadness;
  • little sleep is needed to feel rested;
  • confusion and inattention;
  • impulsive behavior.

Nevertheless, it is always better to consult with the professional, if you notice some of the abovementioned signs.

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Please, don’t stay aside if you see that another person needs help. We all are human, and we should be supportive and caring.

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