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Bi-Polar and Beautiful

Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Cannes film festival

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When I read about the actress, Catherine Zeta Jones, entering a hospital for treatment for Bi-Polar Disorder II, my interest was piqued, not because I was eager to hear the latest gossip about this beautiful film star.

At least, I hope it wasn’t that.

I think it caught my attention because, I was once diagnosed with this disorder during a time of severe mood swings, and now I’ve miraculously “recovered” from it.

As anyone who knows anything at all about Bi-Polar will tell you, nobody really recovers from it, so the conclusion is that I never really had it.

Since then I’ve received help in resolving some “moderate” chemical imbalances.

I guess my body’s motto is “Be moderate in all things”, even my mental disorders!

Which is great, since Bi-Polar Disorder is hereditary and I wouldn’t wish it or Schizophrenia (which I have not experienced) on anyone. But, with medication it can be managed!!!

Which leads me back to the beautiful Ms. Jones, who admitted herself into the hospital “for a few days”, because of the stress of the past year.

I wish her well, and I certainly hope that her doctors can diagnose and treat her accurately.

The problem comes when stress, *”Peri-menopause”, and a mental disorder all present themselves around the same time in an unsuspecting woman. In these things, our bodies tend to treat us unfairly, but with understanding we can survive, and indeed thrive.

There are plenty of men with mental disorders, and I’d like to look at statistics from all over the world to see how the West compares with Afghanistan, China etc. in this but, I’m pretty sure there aren’t any studies available.

I think, that women more frequently seek help for their mental issues than men do, and are perhaps less ashamed. I’m thankful for each little ‘crack’ in the cycle of shame and stigma that generations of people with mental illness have endured.

So, continue to live your beautiful life, Catherine, and thank you for sharing your vulnerability with us.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13073676

*For women interested in a Great book on Perimenopause check out:

http://www.amazon.com/Perimenopause-Preparing-Change-Revised-2nd-Menopause/dp/0761519289/sr=1-1/qid=1167410295/ref=sr_1_1/105-6338875-5325209?ie=UTF8&s=books

2 Responses

  1. Attitudes are improving, I think, with regard to “illnesses of the brain”. I just invented that term. I think it makes more sense than “mental illness” which is often separated in discourse from “physical illness”. The brain is, after all, a physical organ in the body, so why should there be a division? Congratulations on the successful management of your own disorder. I hope the worst is over now that your hormones, like mine, have settled down!

    • It is such a stressful time for women and those around them, when our bodies are changing and we dissolve in tears, which some people think of as ‘weak’.
      Many women have told me that they feel like they are going crazy, their marriages are falling apart, and their world is ending.
      I had never heard of this phenomenon of “Perimenopause’ that can begin in the 30’s and last for several decades until I began researching my issues. Now, there are books to help guide people through it.
      “Illness of the brain” is a great term, let’s begin using it!

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