This is another great addition to my content on “Celebrities with Bipolar”. If you’re just joining us, then I would encourage you to go back through all the other celebrities I’ve written about. My goal is to show all of you that bipolar doesn’t discriminate and even those with money, success, and popularity can be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I’ve been living with bipolar for over 17 years, and a few common things I hear others say:
- “Why me”,
- “Maybe if I had money I’d be happy”,
- “Celebrities must be so happy”
From my experience, these statements are false because I’ve learned from my own research that some of the most popular people in the world suffer quietly; it’s only recently they’ve started to talk about their disorder because of the increased awareness on mental health.
Read my content on celebrities with bipolar, and you’ll learn how many of them are an advocate for bipolar awareness.
Catherine Zeta-Jones: Actress
She was born on September 25, 1969 in Swansea, Whales, United Kingdom. She first enrolled at the Arts Educational Schools, London for acting. She first made her acting breakthrough with the leading role in 42nd Street, and her screen debut in the French-Italian film, 1001 Nights. After a few small projects, she got tired of being cast as a typical pretty face in British films, so she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue larger, more diverse roles.
In Los Angeles, Catherine Zeta-Jones established herself as a big player with roles in movies like The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Entrapment (1999). She played a vengeful, pregnant woman in the movie Traffic (2000), and a murderous singer in Chicago (2002). The latter won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, among other accolades.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is married to American Actor and Producer, Michael Douglas. Douglas is the son of acting legend, Kirk Douglas, who is one of the few surviving actors from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Catherine Zeta-Jones struggles with bipolar disorder and depression; it has been well documented by the media throughout the years. She hasn’t been quiet about her struggle, and has been an advocate for bipolar awareness since her husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Many close to her have stated that the stress from her husband’s cancer diagnosis impacted her greatly, as you can read here from People.com:
But behind the scenes, those close to the actress say she felt the strain. Her rep acknowledged the timing of Zeta-Jones, 41, seeking treatment was in part connected to “the stress of the past year.” Adds a friend, “Catherine has had to deal with Michael’s illness, and that’s been hard.”- People.com
In the March 2016 issue of Good House Keeping Magazine, Catherine Zeta-Jones opened up more about her struggle with bipolar disorder. She was very optimistic about her outlook, and was happy there was finally a label to what was going on.
She told Good Housekeeping about battling the illness: “Finding out that it was called something was the best thing that ever happened to me!” – express.co.uk
She further stated, “The fact that there was a name for my emotions and that a professional could talk me through my symptoms was very liberating. There are amazing highs and very low lows.”
“My goal is to be consistently in the middle. I’m in a very good place right now.” – express.co.uk
I’ve grown up watching Catherine Zeta-Jones dominate the big screens, and the movies she’s starred in are on my list of top favorites. I would have never thought someone with so much talent, especially one who makes everyone smile, was quietly struggling inside. But, my personal struggle over the last 17 years has taught me that bipolar doesn’t discriminate. It is a serious mental illness; those living with it should find help right away. It’s only when I decided to take action that I could manage my bipolar.
You have to learn how to manage your bipolar by controlling external triggers in your life. People close to Catherine Zeta-Jones stated that the stress of her husband’s cancer diagnosis really put a mental strain on her. I’ve talked about the connection between stress and bipolar, especially how it would trigger manic episodes during my life. The effect of stress from a major event on those living with bipolar has been known to trigger symptoms:
Dr. David Miklowitz, Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, says stress “definitely can play a role” in triggering depression or what doctors call hypomania—short periods of mild mania.
Certain life events, changes, particularly those that affect the sleep cycle, can trigger symptoms,” says Miklowitz. “An event like a loss experience or family conflict can be a cause or a trigger of bipolar episodes.” – People.com
Here are additional resources to help you manage bipolar. These are personal strategies I’ve been using to manage my bipolar:
- How Positive Thinking Helped Control My Mood Swings
- Exercise the Silent Treatment for Bipolar – What You Don’t Know…
More on Catherine Zeta-Jones and her struggle with bipolar disorder:
- Catherine Zeta-Jones Bipolar Disorder: Her Private Struggle
- There Are Very Low Lows’ Catherine Zeta-Jones Opens Up About Battle with Bipolar Disorder
- Catherine Zeta-Jones Sheds Light on Bipolar II Disorder