Monday, 18 April 2011
Catherine Zeta-Jones has come out as a diagnosed bipolar II.
In sharing her experience, the actress put a very public face on a mental illness experienced by millions. The key indicator of bipolar II, experts say, is a cycle of high and low moods, often with episodes of depression.
This is why more high-functioning loons like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Laurie, and Harrison Ford need to represent. This is why I have elected to do so. The taboo won't go away until we start treating these issues as a normal part of the human condition; as something that can be treated through the power of science. Hopefully a day will come when the thought of 'toughing it out' as a means to cure a mental disorder will sound just as absurd as 'toughing it out' to cure diabetes or any other condition.
On that note, mirrors have been normal for me since Saturday night. I pretty much spent four hours curled up into a useless wad of teary joy (what I meant to say was that I reacted in a totally manly fashion and punched out the nearest person just for breathing because I'm tough and I never cry). I'm still treating the reprieve as though it is only temporary. No matter how long it lasts, I will probably always treat it that way. But for the time being...mischief managed. I don't feel fat, nor do I feel ugly. I'm 29 and 2/3 years old and these are the first days of my life living with that mindset. I'm not afraid to leave my house, and there's hope that I can be normal and happy. It's...amazing.
Thanks to "N" for the heads up on this.