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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones on her bipolar II diagnosis

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. (Alex Gallardo - Reuters)
Catherine Zeta-Jones released a personal statement about her bipolar II diagnosis to People magazine, saying, “This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them.”

“If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it,” Zeta-Jones said in the statement, which is included in People’s cover story on the actress’s diagnosis. “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”

Last week, it was revealed that the 41-year-old actress had checked into a mental health facility for treatment of bipolar II disorder. Zeta-Jones’s husband, actor Michael Douglas, was treated for cancer in 2010.

The magazine cites an unnamed friend who said the actress was “privately struggling” after her husband’s diagnosis.

[Source: People magazine]

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