With medication, Jessie Close's symptoms have been brought under control, and family members realize how fortunate it is that they can afford good care. She has experienced side effects, including fatigue and weight gain, and finding a balance between staying stable and staying creative took time. Jessie, a writer, said, "It's worth it.
"Both my son and I were terrified that we wouldn't be able to create. … He's a painter," she said. "The medication will help if you stick with it."
"We're getting more and more sophisticated medication," Glenn Close said. "We need to keep people with mental illness living full and productive and creative lives."
Her sister's message to others is to "be patient with yourself, love yourself" and to rely on the support of family and friends.
"I wouldn't give up how I can function now," she said.