Catherine Zeta-Jones - not the only one experiencing bipolar
Posted Thursday 14 April 2011
Catherine Zeta-Jones today added her name to the increasing number of people who have felt able to speak out about their experience of mental distress. It creates quite a furore to do this when you are as famous as Zeta-Jones — the news became top twitter trend almost as soon as it was announced.
Her statement to the press said that she was receiving treatment for bi-polar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) after dealing with the stress of her husband’s throat cancer last year. We don’t know the details of her situation, but we do know that bipolar disorder is a severe and at times debilitating condition. Mind’s information on bipolar disorder gives information about the symptoms and impact bipolar disorder can have. There are several different types of bipolar disorder. Some people have very few bipolar disorder episodes, with years of stability in between them; others experience many more. Although some people may cope very well in between episodes, many still experience low-level symptoms in these relatively ‘stable’ periods which still impact on their daily lives.
I think it’s really good that high profile celebrities are helping to break down the stigma that surrounds mental health problems, but their access to private clinics and the pressures of fame can feel a million miles away from most people’s reality.
Siobhan O’Neill talked to Mind about what it is like to live with bipolar disorder, and helps to remove some of the more romantic notions that can be associated with this condition.
Hopefully as more and more people feel supported to talk about their own experiences of mental ill health, access to treatment and attitudes in society will continue to improve.
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Beth Murphy, Information Manager
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