9 Celebs Balancing Bipolar Disorder With Working in Hollywood

catherine zeta jonesCatherine Zeta-Jones went public with her battle with bipolar disorder earlier this year. Now the star is sharing more about her struggle in the new issue of In Style.

"It's been a intense time, in good ways and bad," she revealed. It is an exceptionally brave move for any celebrity. The illness, characterized by extreme emotional highs and lows, is especially difficult if in the public eye and under constant scrutiny. "You can't escape what people say, and if you're human it can be painful," she said. "The smartest thing I did was t stop going online. I'm the sort of person who will just look for the negative."

Her hope is that being open about her diagnosis will help fellow sufferers understand that this can be conquered. "I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it," she said. "And that those who didn't have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it."

Take a look at 8 other stars who are living with bipolar disorder.


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tuffy... tuffymama

As far as Jackson, Jr., I thought it was pretty much common knowledge that his "illness" was cooked up to keep him out of the pokey for embezzlement...? If he is legitimately suffering, I obviously feel compassion for him, BUT bipolar isn't funny, it isn't an excuse for criminal behavior, and it isn't a get out of jail free card to be played by entitled little shits with superiority complexes and egomaniacal, racist fathers. It is real, it is fraught with personal angst and societal stigma, and it is a painful challenge for legitimate sufferers and the people who love them.

nonmember avatar Nicole

Amber Portwood? I guess I didn't realize she was a celebrity.

1ofea... 1ofeachplus

Mel Gibson?  Love him, but I guess I didn't realize that he was "balanced"...:)

nonmember avatar Wojak

All these people have big bucks and insurance.

nonmember avatar Blood Red

You forgot about Billy Bob Thornton. If I'm not mistaken, he's bipolar and has credited Angelina Jolie, his Ex-Wife, to helping him through it.

nonmember avatar kris

SO Bi polar is the new disease ppl cry when saying something inflammatory?

nonmember avatar Cahill

Thank you Catherine for keeping this out there. I go for the negative too by nature. My bipolar is Bipolar 1, more mania some depression. Only 1% has this, so I like to tell people I'm part of the "one percent." It's also the most dangerous diagnosis. I had a break at 21 & 22, I'm 57 now, have good doctors and feel pretty safe about it. These days I'm rather a drug guinea pig. Seeing you and Carrie Fisher is the best.

nonmember avatar Cahill

How about "balancing" real comments about bipolar disorder with real people who have it? I was quoted in TIME magazine asking Carrie Fisher a question. If you don't have this you'll never get what it is . It can't be faked, like you fake concern for the subject.

nonmember avatar Desertfox

Jesse Jackson Jr and Amber aren't "celebrities."

Patty Duke, Vivien Leigh, Ben Stiller, Linda Hamilton, Maurice Benard (for anyone that watches Daytime Soaps), Sinéad O'Connor, Jane Pauley, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Dreyfuss, Russell Brand, Stephen Fry, Macy Gray, Michael Angelakos, Lark Voohries, Sting, these are legit celebs that have been diagnosed as having some form of Bipolar Disorder. Many of them were diagnosed before Bipolar became the buzz word and go to excuse for bad behavior.

As someone that deals with it, I know that it's often misunderstood. And it's great to have famous people out there helping to put a face to a disorder not many people understand. However, Jesse and Amber, definitely not people I want to be spokespeople n my behalf.

PD Reader

Marilyn wasn't bipolar. She had borderline personality disorder.

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