Inside the issue, the 43-year-old talks about admitting to her bipolar II disorder for which she quietly went into treatment and only confirmed after she’d been treated (unlike a lot of celebrities who tell the media beforehand for publicity and treat the facilities like a spa).
Going public with her bipolar disorder: “It’s been an intense time, in good ways and bad. You find out who you really are and who you’re married to. You find things inside yourself you never imagined were there. I’ve gained an appreciation for little things, like tea outside on a terrace and a beautiful afternoon like this. ”
Dealing with criticism: “You can’t escape what people say, and if you’re human it can be painful. The smartest thing I did was to stop going online. I’m the sort of person who will just look for the negative. [My husband] Michael [Douglas] can’t really understand it, but that is the way I am. With my bipolar thing, that’s poison. So I just stopped. Cold turkey. And it’s so liberating.”
Raising awareness of her disorder: “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. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who didn’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.” - via InStyle Magazine.