Hollywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones has spoken out about suffering with bipolar II disorder, just weeks after being treated for an American rehab clinic, revealing there is 'no need to suffer silently.'
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Speaking to American magazine People, the actress opened up on her battle with the disease and how she hopes to help others by stepping forward.
‘This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,’ Catherine told the magazine in an exclusive statement.
‘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.’
It’s thought that she checked in to private psychiatric hospital Silver Hill in Connecticut, for five days.
Reports suggest Catherine’s bout of depression was brought on by the stress of helping her husband Michael Douglas battle an aggressive form of throat cancer and gruelling chemotherapy last year. The trauma of the ordeal is thought to have left her struggling to cope with every day life.
‘The simple things would just seem overwhelming, like going out to dinner,’ a friend revealed. ‘There was just a little piece of her chipped away. It was hard to watch because I knew how hard she was trying.’
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‘It takes a lot of courage to seek help and I am proud of Catherine for doing something positive about her situation,’ he said. It's onwards and upwards for us.’