Fame and/or fortune may either be one of the three wishes you’d ask a genie from the magic lamp. Beauty and/or talent could be on there too. But it’s just amazing and sometimes downright unfair how some people in this earth can just have all of them and yet life still manages to throw a mean curve ball! Catherine Zeta-Jones, has always been that celebrity who shines with it all! The 41 yr old Welsh actress seemed to be unstoppable in her career, unfading with her beauty, blessed with a solid marriage to Michael Douglas and just last year… the man in her life was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer.
Zeta-Jones has gracefully carried on over the past year helping her husband battle with his health. He is now tumour free. However, she was reported to have recently checked into an unnamed mental health facility to get help for bipolar II. Her representative states the actress spent five days getting help for this disorder which may have stemmed from the stress she had to go through last year. The woman powered through difficult times, with her stepson Cameron sentenced to 5 years in prison on drug charges along with a bitter court case with Michael’s ex-wife who wanted Douglas’ earnings from the sequel of Wall Street.
Many people suffer from bipolar disorder, and often times aren’t even aware of it. Bipolar II manifests itself through irritation and mildly elevated moods called hypomania. Stress is a trigger factor but hereditary predisposition is most often to blame. It is a long-term illness that will require psychotherapy and medication to help people manage stress and overcome the highs and lows.
Catherine Zeta-Jones’ courageous decision to come forward to the public about her illness serves as an inspiration for many of those who quietly and hesitantly suspect their affliction to come forward and seek treatment.
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