In an effort to help others understand and combat bi-polar disorder, the Oscar-winning actress has opened up about her battle with the debilitating illness that is characterized by periods of depression followed by bursts of manic activity.
Once known as manic-depression, the forty-one year old wife of Michael Douglas bravely spoke out about her recent five-day stay at the Silver Hill psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. Her ability to cope with her life was greatly exacerbated by her husband’s valiant struggle and treatment for throat cancer and the recent arrest of his son, Cameron, on drug charges.
She spoke to People Magazine about her disorder, pointing out that it affects literally millions of people of which she is but one. She was encouraging to those who cannot overcome their silence either out of shame or fear.
She and Michael Douglas have two children together: a boy named Dylan who is ten years of age and a girl of eight named Carys. They have been married since 2000 and were introduced by actor, Danny DeVito. Devastated by her husband’s battle with cancer, for Catherine, even the simplest things in life, like going out to dinner, became overwhelming.
She reached out for help and took it, demonstrating the resiliency of the human spirit. She lives the message behind the words of Confucius who once said: “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
There are lessons here for us all. We must not let shame and fear impede our path to live our best lives.