Right on, gurl!
Catherine Zeta-Jones has recently been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder and she's not afraid to talk about it.
In a recent interview after her much publicized stint in a mental health hospital in Connecticut, she openly says:
"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."
Absolutely! With huge celebs like Catherine and Demi Lovato speaking publicly about their private struggles with mental illness, we hope those suffering silently will find the courage to seek the help they need!
A close friend of the actress described her battle with depression as "hard to watch" after Catherine was clearly showing signs while watching her husband, Michael Douglas, battled throat cancer.
The friend of the actress explained:
"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."
Catherine decided to confront the issue before filming the romantic comedy, Playing the Field, so it did not affect her work and we're glad she did.
She has shone a light on a disease that is often ignored by many and can cause tragic results if left untreated. PLEASE do not be afraid to find help if you feel any symptoms of a mental illness before it's too late!
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