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Zeta Jones is glad she can help

Catherine Zeta Jones has opened up about suffering from bipolar disorder.

The Hollywood actress said that she hoped the publicity about her treatment - she was checked into rehab after helping husband Michael Douglas battle throat cancer - might help others.

In a statement, she told People: "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."

She added: "There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help."

The Welsh-born actress's publicist Cece Yorke said earlier this month: "After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her bipolar II disorder.

"She's feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.''

The Oscar-winning actress, 41, mother to son Dylan, 10, and daughter Carys, eight, was treated at the Silver Hill psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, in the US.

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