Cahterine Zeta-Jones Opens Up About Bipolar Disorder

A week ago, Catherine Zeta-Jones checked herself into a health facility for bipolar II disorder, “a mental illness marked by prolonged periods of depression alternating with episodes of mild mania,” otherwise known in the DSM IV as “Charlie Sheen.”

Her breakdown started when she helped Michael Douglas battle throat cancer. Friends say she was privately struggling and with a new movie to film, she realized she needed help. “The simple things would just seem overwhelming, like going out to dinner,” says the close friend. “There was just a little piece of her chipped away. It was hard to watch because I knew how hard she was trying.”

Now she talks to PEOPLE about it in hopes she can inspire others to get help.

“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” the actress, 41, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement in this week’s cover story. “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.”

Sorry, Catherine. The only inspiration I need is thinspiration. *Looks at cupcake* *Looks at stomach* *Cries* *Cuts self*

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10 years ago

When you have bipolar, it’s hard to do the littlest things…that your servant or maids don’t do.

It’s surprising these celebs don’t ask the hired help to suffer these diseases for them.

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