Last week we reported that Catherine Zeta-Jones had been dignosed with Bipolar II disorder. It hasn’t been too long since she’s been receiving treatment and already it seems she’s taking a huge turn for the better.
Zeta-Jones’ mental illness is similar to the typical Bipolar disorder, in which the sufferer goes through periods of depression alternating with episodes of mania, but in Bipolar II disorder, the mood swings last longer and the "up" periods are less elevated.
"This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them," the actress, 41, bravely announced.
"The simple things would just seem overwhelming, like going out to dinner," says a close friend of the actress and her family. "There was just a little piece of her chipped away. It was hard to watch because I knew how hard she was trying."
Zeta-Jones’ battle was most likely brought on by her husband, Michael Douglas’, struggle with throat cancer. But when she realized she needed help in early April, the mother of two checked herself into Silver Hill Hospital, a mental-health facility in New Canaan, Conn.
Even when she’s in crisis mode, however, Catherine finds a way to see the good in her trials. "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," she said in People magazine’s cover story that looks "inside her private struggle".
You rock, Catherine. We hope to see you return to your glowing self soon!