Catherine Zeta-Jones: I Don't Want To Be the "Poster Child" for Bipolar Disorder

Celebrity News Dec. 8, 2012 AT 4:00PM
Catherine Zeta-Jones on June 8, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Catherine Zeta-Jones on June 8, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Credit: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

Catherine Zeta-Jones is ready to move forward.

After her much-publicized 2011 hospitalization for bipolar disorder, the Playing for Keeps star, 43, says she's officially done discussing it.

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"You know what? I'm sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this," the actress said when asked about her struggle with mental illness on Good Morning America Friday, Dec. 7. "I never wanted this to come out publicly. It came out, and I dealt with it in the best way I could, and that was just saying, 'Hey, I'm bipolar.'"

Michael Douglas' wife says she's not willing to let her disease define her -- or to play the "woe is me" card.

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"Everyone has things going on and we deal with them the best we can. We can't jump from the rooftops shouting, 'I have this, look at me. Victim.' No, we all have issues in life," Zeta-Jones added. "I'm really happy I have great friends, great support and that's all I can do."

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