M is for Mental Health and I think this post my divide opinion but im going to speak my mind because thats what I do.
This week it was revealed that Catherine Zeta Jones was receiving treatment for Bipolar disorder after her husband had been treated for throat cancer. Now, I first of all want to make it clear that I sympathise with her 100%, watching the person you love most in the world going through such a terrible illness is heartbreaking. You feel lost, totally out of control and helpless, although that is probably an understatement. It is enough to make anyone crumble, I know I did.
I beat myself up about taking my "happy pills", I felt like a failure because Rich was coping so why shouldnt I? I slowly crumbled and it was like I was sat outside the window, looking in on a life that wasnt mine. If it wasnt for the support of my lovely ladies then I would never have taken that step to get treatment. It helped big time and I feel more balanced and able to cope, I can see now that it was the right thing to do.
So thats why I can see why Catherine has gone through what she has BUT and there is a but, I dislike the way all this media attention is focused on how brave she is for signing into a top clinic and getting help. Now dont get me wrong, it does take a brave woman to admit there is a problem and to get help but just because she is famous and loaded does not make her any more brave then the hundreds of "everyday" women out there that struggle with depression. No one publishes their story and congratulates them on being brave.
The only thing this story has achieved (if anything at all) is to highlight the fact that mental health issues do not just effect us normal people, but also the rich and famous. Depression does not care about money and status but if you have the money and the status then you are almost certainly going to stand a better chance of recovery than those who have to rely on people caring enough to help.