Catherine Zeta-Jones helps defuse bipolar stigma
Posted November 13, 2012
The bad news: You're diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Worse news: The whole world knows about it. Such was the predicament for gorgeous Welsh-born movie star Catherine Zeta-Jones last year when news broke that she spent five days in a mental-health facility getting help for the mood-swing disease.
Now look at her — healthy, hale and hot on the cover of December's InStyle magazine, and speaking candidly about how diagnosis doesn't have to be destiny.
Not that coming out about such a stigmatized disorder is a breeze, she says in the interview.
"It's not easy," she admits. "I'm not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it's completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don't have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it."
Dressed in a Nina Ricci frock and photographed for the cover by Horst Diekgerdes, the Oscar-winning Zeta-Jones, 43, also talks about another way to help one's mental health: Exercise.
"I don't have a trainer. Crazy, right? But I don't need anyone to motivate me. I love exercise, even things like the elliptical and stretching," she says. "It really helps my mood too, which, with the bipolar thing, is important."
These days she's "obsessed" with hula-hooping at least 20 minutes a day — and not with the old-fashioned hollow plastic hoops we had as kids. "I discovered a new one at Danskin that's smaller and weighted," she says.
The wife of movie star Michael Douglas, Zeta-Jones also confesses to a love of fashion, gardening, knitting, riding and golfing. But what she really loves is the closet she's building at her house. "It's like a dream," she says. "Racks on each side, a whole boudoir. I sit in there and watch CNN. Michael says one day I'm going to go in and never come out!"
But the best line in the piece came from daughter Carys, 9, who asked her mom whether she planned to have more kids. "I said no. She said, 'Well if you do, I hope it's not a girl. I don't want to share the jewelry.' Smart kid."
The December issue of InStyle is on newsstands Friday.
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