Catherine Zeta-Jones Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder
Catherine Zeta-Jones spoke out about her battle with bipolar disorder, saying "there is no need to suffer silently."
The 41-year-old Hollywood star said last month she was treated for five days at a hospital after becoming stressed due to her husband Michael Douglas’ battle with throat cancer.
In a statement released to this week's People magazine, she said: "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."
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness where sufferers have elevated or irritable moods alternating with periods of depression. Bipolar II is has longer mood swings and more severe depression, usually triggered by major life changes.