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Catherine Zeta-Jones ‘Never Wanted to Be the Poster Child’ for Depression

Donna Ward/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was known as one of the hardest working and most glamorous women in show business until a diagnosis of bipolar II disorder put her in another spotlight: as the public face of the mental health disease.

Now, two years after Zeta-Jones was “outed” with the disease -- her husband, Michael Douglas, told Oprah Winfrey in 2011 -- the actress says it’s not a mantle she wants to hold.

“You know what, I’m sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this,” Zeta-Jones, 43, said Friday on ABC's Good Morning America.  “I never wanted this to come out publicly.”

Zeta-Jones announced to the world in April 2011, through a statement issued by her publicist, that she had sought treatment for the disease, a manic-depressive illness most known for the unusual shifts in mood and energy that those with it experience.

“It came out.  And so I dealt with it in the best way I could and that was just say, ‘Look, hey, I’m bipolar,’” she said on GMA.

Zeta-Jones made the announcement after a year in which Douglas, 68, was treated for throat cancer, was sued by his first wife over proceeds from the Wall Street movie sequel and saw his eldest son, Cameron, sent to prison on drug charges.

“I must say, Catherine’s being quite open about it because she was outed, you know,” Douglas said in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show the same month Zeta-Jones issued her statement.  “She went to go get some help and some other patient probably in there said, ‘Hey, you won’t believe who’s in here now.’  And, so, once that happens, I think she felt [it] best to kind of get out the story.”

Zeta-Jones spent five days in the mental health facility and then went on medication, according to reports at the time.

In her statement then, the Welsh star said, “if my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it’s worth it.”

Today, Zeta-Jones, out promoting her new romantic comedy Playing for Keeps, says she is ready to move forward with her personal life and acting career.

“Everyone has things going on and we deal with them the best we can,” she said on GMA.  “We can’t jump from the rooftops shouting about, ‘I have this, look at me, victim.’  No.  We all have issues in life and I’m really happy that I have great friends, great support and that’s all I can do.”

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Is Catherine Zeta-Jones' Smoking Putting Cancer Survivor Michael Douglas at Risk?

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Photos that appeared in the U.K.'s Daily Mail showed actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas vacationing in Europe aboard a yacht, and in one, Zeta-Jones holds a cigarette while Douglas walks alongside her.

The photo has kicked up its share of controversy about whether such close proximity to a smoker is risky for the 66-year-old actor, who recently underwent treatment for late-stage throat cancer. A number of medical experts have weighed in on the impact Zeta-Jones' smoking could have on her husband's health.

"There are no specific data that say that cancer survivors exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of cancer coming back, but when I see cancer survivors, I tell them to stay away from both active smoking and secondhand smoking," said Dr. Zoukaa Sargi, assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine.

"But we do know that secondhand smoke is very harmful, and assume that if it's bad for the general population, it's bad for cancer survivors, especially if they had a cancer caused by smoking," Sargi added.

While data on secondhand smoke are lacking, experts say active smoking is very risky.

"Those who continue to smoke after successful treatment for throat cancer have a higher likelihood of having a recurrence," said Dr. David Goldenberg, a professor of surgery and oncology at Pennslvania State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

"If their partner is a smoker, I ask that they do not do it in the home or the car," said Dr. Marshall Strome, director of the New York Head and Neck Institute.

It's not known whether Douglas has quit smoking, but living with a smoker would make it difficult to give up the habit.

"It is exceptionally difficult to quit while living with a spouse who continues to smoke," said Dr. H. Steven Sims, director of the Chicago Institute for Voice Care at the University of Illinois Medical Center. "Psychologically, this is not a situation we would like to create."

Dr. Amy Chen, an associate professor in the department of otolaryngology at Emory University in Atlanta, said Zeta-Jones should not be smoking because she is putting her own health at risk in addition to her husband's.

Zeta-Jones has said she wants to quit smoking. Her publicist did not respond to requests for comment.

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Bipolar Disorder: Catherine Zeta-Jones Hopes to Remove Stigma

Donna Ward/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After revealing she suffers from bipolar disorder, Academy Award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is hoping to help remove some of the stigma from the illness and convince others to seek the help they need.

Last week, Zeta-Jones' publicist said she recently checked into a mental health facility to treat her bipolar II disorder. She spent five days in that facility and is now on medication.

The actress released a statement saying, "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's worth it."

Bipolar disorder, which is also known as manic depressive illness, is a mental illness that is described by mood swings between the two psychological pulls of depression and euphoria.

According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, stress is one trigger for the disorder.

Friends say Zeta-Jones knew she was depressed. But not until she checked herself into a mental health facility did she find out that she is bipolar.

The actress is featured in this week's People magazine and friends reportedly tell the magazine that Zeta-Jones had been struggling with bouts of depression even before her husband, actor Michael Douglas was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer. They said she sought help because she is about to film a new movie.

Doctors say Zeta-Jones' candor will be helpful to other adults suffering silently with bipolar.

"I think Catherine Zeta-Jones has broken a huge taboo by actually talking about bipolar. This is a serious illness that affects a good two-to-three percent of the population -- to actually talk about it not only bravely but with some candor is a heroic thing to do," said Dr. Soroya Bacchus, a psychiatrist. "That kind of heroism inspires people to talk about their own issues and maybe seek treatment that they never would have done unless Catherine Zeta-Jones of stature, her celebrity would have talked about this."

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Bipolar Awareness Walk, Organized by Charlie Sheen?

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Charlie Sheen has a new cause (no, it's not getting his Two and a Half Men job back, though he's waging that war too) -- bipolar awareness.

On Friday, Sheen, who's currently on his My Violent Torpedo of Truth tour, posted a series of tweets about a bipolar awareness walk he's organizing in Toronto later in the evening. The actor wants fans to meet him at his hotel and walk with him to Toronto's Massey Hall, where he performed Thursday and is set to perform Friday.

Sheen tweeted: "Stop the Stigma!! Bipolar Awareness Walk!! Please join me at 6pm at the Ritz tonight! Raise Money! Raise Awareness! #BIPOLAR #BIWINNING." In separate tweets, he said he's taking donations for the Canadian group OBAD, the Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders, and he's "matching all donations $ for $"

What got Sheen interested in bipolar disorder, a condition he claims he doesn't have despite multiple medical experts saying that he exhibits the behavior of someone prone to manic highs and depressive lows?

"Apparently someone at [a] show brought to his attention," a person close to Sheen said. The source added that Sheen's walk doesn't have "anything to do" with the actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who revealed this week that she recently sought treatment for bipolar disorder.

Sheen's publicist told ABC News that "Charlie decided to do this on his own" in an "effort to create awareness of bipolar disorder."

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