Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has broken her silence about her battle with Bipolar Disorder. The actress, 41, made headlines a few weeks ago after she checked herself into Silver Hill Hospital, a mental-health facility in New Canaan, Conn.
Catherine spoke with PEOPLE exclusively about dealing with the illness and why she’s decided to be vocal about her situation.
“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” the actress, 41, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement in this week’s cover story. “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.”
While her husband, Michael Douglas, battled with throat cancer, Catherine battled with depression. As Michael started recovering, Zeta-Jones didn’t. It wasn’t until Catherine was to start filming her new movie, Playing the Field, slated to start shooting in Louisiana, that the Oscar-winner realized she needed help.
“The simple things would just seem overwhelming, like going out to dinner,” says the close friend. “There was just a little piece of her chipped away. It was hard to watch because I knew how hard she was trying.”
For the full interview pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE magazine with Catherine Zeta-Jones on the cover.
Catherine Zeta-Jones on Bipolar II Disorder : People.com