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Michael Douglas on Catherine Zeta-Jones' Bipolar Disorder (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 26th 2011 6:00PM
Michael Douglas on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'Michael Douglas has had his share of problems lately, not the least of which was throat cancer. He appears to have beaten that, but today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), he spoke of the latest hardship to befall his family. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Douglas's wife, was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which, like Douglas's cancer, has become tabloid fodder.

Zeta-Jones was a source of strength for Douglas through his health struggles, possibly to the detriment of her own health. Douglas seemed to indicate that Zeta-Jones, though discussing the diagnosis openly now, was reluctant to focus on herself earlier. "My oldest son is in federal prison, my ex-wife is suing me, and I got cancer," said Douglas. "It's kinda hard for the wife to say, 'I'm depressed.'"

Zeta-Jones is reported to suffer from bipolar II, a form of the disorder that Douglas said does not feature mania as strongly as its more serious counterpart, but leans heavily toward depression.

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