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Catherine Zeta-Jones Bravely Talks About Her Bipolar Disorder

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InStyle

In the December issue of InStyle, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones opened up about how things have changed since she went public with her bipolar disorder in 2011.

We’d like to officially award her this imaginary Heroine of the Year Award. Seriously.

“It’s been an intense time,” Zeta-Jones told InStyle. “You find out who you really are and who you’re married to. You find things inside yourself you never imagined were there.”

Besides some soul-searching, the actress also explained the best way to ward off her depression: “The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I’m the sort of person who will just look for the negative.”

While husband Michael Douglas, Hollywood veteran that he is, doesn’t quite understand why negative press on the web would hit her so hard, staying disconnected has helped Zeta-Jones immensely.

“With my bipolar thing, that’s poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it’s so liberating.”

The Oscar-winning actress also discusses what, if anything, came of telling the world about her illness.

“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 suffers will know it is completely controllable,” she said. “I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it.”

We’re sure she at least gave it a push in the right direction. Snaps all around, lady.

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