Catherine Zeta-Jones on bipolar disorder: 'If I've helped anybody,' that's great
"When Michael was diagnosed with cancer I really thought, 'You are going to have to wipe me off the floor,' says Zeta-Jones. "This happens to people all the time, but it's still a huge shock when the cards start to fall and you realize, 'My God, it really is happening to us.'"
But she adds, "I wasn't as strong as I thought I could have been. I wasn't. ... It was very intensive -- chemotherapy and radiation therapy at the same time -- but he still retained his sense of humor."
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"When you get sideswiped like that," says Zeta-Jones, "it's an obvious trigger for your balance to be a bit off -- not sleeping, worry, stress. It's a classic trigger."
"[Being bipolar] is something I have been dealing with a long time. I never wanted to be as open about it as I was. I have a British stiff-upper-lip mentality -- it wasn't something I wanted to shout from the rooftops."
"But when it did come to light, I know I'm not the only person who suffers with it or has to deal with it on a day-to-day basis. So if I've helped anybody by discussing bipolar or depression, that's great."
Read the full profile at the Telegraph's website.