Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shallow Society

Hi Everyone, I hope your enjoying your weekend :) As most of you have heard by now Catherine Zeta Jones has spoke out about her battle with Bipolar Disorder II. I have mixed feelings on the attention it is bringing to society through the media. It is always a good thing to talk about it, as I advocate for on here, to help end the stigma and shame of mental illness. At the same time it angers me in a way because I get the impression that because it is her, a beautiful women, with a good marriage, a great career, no outbursts or crazy incidents (although they have been showing clips of her getting maybe too "excited" to accept an award and the incident with the paparazzi, which of course is now being viewed in a different light!) to finally make it ok to have this disorder, or a Mental Illness, to really end the stigma? That speaks volumes to me of what a shallow society we live in. A compassionate-less, scared society that cannot de-stigmatize Mental Illness with the common person, or the homeless man or women on the street. Sad don't you think? How do you feel about this, I'm sure a lot of you already feel the same way from your own personal experiences. I have lived with the stigma from the time I was born, having a mother with the illness and that is probably why I feel that little bit of anger, because she, and everyone who has this illness has always and will always deserve the respect that Catherine is getting. Time will tell if she does make a difference so stayed tuned!
Thanks for visiting my blog,
Love ya,
Janet :)

The revelation that the seemingly unshakable actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been diagnosed with bipolar II disorder illustrates the hallmarks of the disease: it can strike at any time in a person's life and is often brought on by prolonged stressed.

Zeta-Jones, 41, fell victim to the disorder's wild mood swings after her husband Michael Douglas went through a high-profile battle with stage IV throat cancer and then endured a court fight with Douglas' first wife over proceeds from the "Wall Street" movie sequel.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive illness, is a mental illness characterized by mood swings between the two psychological pulls of depression and euphoria.

"It can start at any time in a person's life and it's a lifelong illness," Dr. Igor Galynker, director of the Family Center for Bipolar Disorder at Beth Israel Medical Center told ABC News OnCall.

Zeta-Jones is said to have been diagnosed with bipolar II, which is a form of the disorder which is characterized by longer low periods.

Stress is one common trigger for bipolar disorder, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. The condition can also be spotted if someone has a prolonged feeling of agitation, trouble sleeping, major changes in appetite, and thoughts of suicide.

Zeta-Jones has had plenty of stress over the past year. Last year, Douglas, 66, the father of Zeta-Jones' two children, was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer. While Douglas announced in January that he was cancer free, he and Zeta-Jones have more recently had to battle Douglas' first wife, Diandra, who is suing Douglas for a portion of the royalties from his movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

"After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder," Zeta-Jones publicist said in a statement.

According to Galynker, there's hope for most who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

"It is not curable, but it is treatable with medications and psychotherapy." said Galynker. "People with bipolar illness can have productive lives like anybody else, once they're in treatment and compliant with treatment."


  1. I have a brother who suffers from manic depression and I know a few people who have been diagnosed bipolar. It's actually amazing to realize that this is more common than most people think it is. If it brings more attention to a disease when a celebrity comes forth then I'm all for it, but I agree with you when you say that the average person should be treated with the same compassion and respect.

  2. Thank you Robin, I am sorry to hear about your brother and the others you know, I hope they are doing well. I know your right when you say at least it brings attention to the the disease, I just hope the attention stays and doesn't fade away.
    thanks again,
    Janet :)