Being diagnosed with an illness or disorder can be life-changing, and determining who to share that information with is a personal decision. There may be fears that disclosure will negatively affect career opportunities or cause others to view you differently.
This same thinking and reluctance to speak openly leads to the stigmatization of certain health issues. Mental health issues are particularly prone to this type of misunderstanding. Someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder or clinical depression is usually wary of talking about the condition for fear of what others will think. The irony is that only by sufferers speaking openly will we see the misperceptions about mental illness change.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is one of the few celebrities who has gone public with her bipolar II disorder diagnosis. The 43-year-old actress admitted to People that her battle with depression hasn’t been easy. “You can’t escape what people say, and if you’re human it can be painful,” the actress says.
She stays positive by not going online to read comments or articles about herself, instead focusing her attention on those who know and love her.
While she admits it was difficult to go public with her health struggle, she knows her voice can help lessen the stigma. “I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow suffers will know it is completely controllable,” she told People. “I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it.”
Bipolar Disorder Help at The Oaks at La Paloma
If you or someone you love needs treatment for bipolar disorder or co-occurring addiction issues, call The Oaks at La Paloma at the toll-free number on our homepage. Someone is there to take your call 24 hours a day and answer any questions you have about treatment, financing or insurance.
Articles posted here are primarily educational and may not directly reflect the offerings at The Oaks. For more specific information on programs at The Oaks, contact us today.