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Zeta-Jones: Bipolar disorder under control

Catherine Zeta-Jones confesses that dealing with her bipolar disorder "can be painful".

The 43-year-old actress revealed in 2011 that she was diagnosed with the mental condition that sees sufferers oscillate between extreme jubilation and depression.

After sharing her diagnosis with the world, Catherine has taken steps to avert negativity.

"You can't escape what people say, and if you're human it can be painful," she told InStyle magazine.

"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."

Catherine is ultimately happy with her decision to come clean about her bipolar 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," she said.

"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."

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