Zeta-Jones Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder

April 20, 2011

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has opened up about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder at a mental-health clinic in recent months. The wife of Michael Douglas said she hopes to help raise awareness about the disease as well as help fellow sufferers seek treatment.

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Admitted to a mental-health clinic after deciding she needed help with depression, the actress said she never quite recovered from her husband’s cancer diagnosis. Now, she says she’s risking the public exposure in order to reach out to others. Brave woman!

“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently, and there is no shame in seeking help,’’ said the actress

Zeta-Jones was diagnosed with a bipolar II, which is a less extreme version of the classic bipolar I disorder. Signs of the disease include emotional cycling between extreme happiness and depression. I personally had no idea that someone could develop the disease as a result of a traumatic incident! A friend of Catherine’s said she noticed the actress’s behavior start to change after Douglas’ diagnosis.

“The simple things would just seem overwhelming, like going out to dinner. There was just a little piece of her chipped away. It was hard to watch because I knew how hard she was trying.”

Just recently, singer/songwriter Demi Lovato also admitted to being diagnosed as bipolar. The musician said she had no idea at the time, but in retrospect staying up until 5:30 in the morning and writing several songs in a night were clear signs of manic episodes associated with the disease. Scary stuff! Lovato recently tweeted “I don’t know Catherine Zeta-Jones personally but what she has decided to do it SO brave.. And SO difficult but worth it… I’m proud of her (sic).”

What do you think of Zeta-Jones opening up about her bipolar disorder? I have to say that I think it’s a really selfless thing to do, and hopefully will take some stigma away from the disease. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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One Response to “Zeta-Jones Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder”

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    Sandy Says:

    This woman is remarkable!