It’s amazing to think that depression is still a taboo topic but it is. So I was not only surprised but pleasantly happy when I read an article about Catherine Zeta-Jones and her struggles with being diagnosed with bipolar II.

After discovering her husbands (Michael Douglas) Cancer was gone, Catherine should have been happy but discovered she wasn’t. Her moods were down and she felt sad a lot of times. So the star reached out and finally got some help.

She checked into Sunny Hill Mental health facility where she spent five days and when she actually got a diagnosis of bipolar II, the star was stunned.

Zeta-Jones who is 41 and mom to Dylan 10 years old and daughter Carys whose eight. The five day stay taught the actress a lot about herself and about the depression she has been fighting for a long time and decided to go public.

“There is no need to suffer silently an there is no need shame in seeking help.”


The actress hopes that by going public she can destigmatize the illness which affects 1 in 50 people. Bipolar II is where the person suffers from more prolonged bouts of depression and less manic episodes.

I myself have bipolar II and I’m glad the actress is using her fame to reach more people with this illness. Suffering from chronic bouts of depression is never easy but it doesn’t mean I cannot function or take care of my family and my kids. The illness is treated with medication therapy, counseling and eating right and taking care of yourself.

Right now I am on Celexa which is not usually used for bipolar but anxiety disorder instead which I also have. But the medication works for me for both to keep me even-keeled with low mania.

The important thing to remember is that not all types of medication will work for everyone. Working with your doctor you can find what type of medical therapy works best for you.

What do you guys think about Catherine talking openly about her illness?

P.S. Creed Singer Scott Stapp Shares His Long Term Battle With Depression and Bipolar Disorder Without Any Shame.

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  1. christine April 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

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    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author April 29, 2011 at 12:27 am

      Thanks Christine, I appreciate your comment and for taking our button!

  2. Kelly @ CityMom April 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

    And you're using your 'fame' to help spread what Catherine started! Good for you and I'm so thankful to you both. I was diagnosed with PPD and now suffer from ongoing bouts of regular depression. I find mine does get in the way of normal life when I'm in a bad bout.

    I continue to take my meds daily even during easy times but it's an ongoing struggle to stay healthy.

    You're right that it should not be a taboo subject anymore & I think with the younger generations it's not so much. Our gen is getting better & I think our parent's generation may never catch up.

    None the less we're all doing what we can!

    Good on you Jodi!!

    1. Jodi Shaw - Site Author April 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      Aww thanks Kelly, and I agree the generations are catching up. I was in my teens when diagnosed and then 30 when diagnosed with anxiety disorder and BPD and back then it was like "oh so you're ummmm crazy" gotcha! LOL but that isn't the case and it's not lazy man syndrome either. It's a real illness that many people struggle with daily. There are good days and bad and we can function normally like others but I require ongoing medical therapy to do it, that's all. I'm still me though.

      Thanks for the support and comments as always

      Luv ya xoxo 🙂

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