Australian actress Jessica Marais has opened up about her 17-year battle with bipolar disorder in the June issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly.
The 29-year-old actress, famed for her stellar performance on Packed To The Rafters, told the magazine: ‘I was diagnosed at one point with bipolar.’
Jessica, whose father died in front of her from a heart attack when she was 12, said that the serious incident may have triggered the bipolar.
She went on to say: ‘I have developed ways to talk myself down from any ledges I find myself on. And I am very lucky that I have a very patient partner who supports me.’
The Logie award winning actress is engaged to her fellow Packed To The Rafters costar James Stewart and she acknowledged that having their two-year-old daughter Scout has helped her keep on track.
The following is an excerpt from the Australian Women’s Weekly:
Sometimes referred to as the “creative curse”, bipolar is a common condition which has been thought to have affected many high-functioning creative types throughout history – including Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh and the author Graeme Greene.
Australia’s pre-eminent authority on depression, the Black Dog Institute, describes bipolar as “a set of ‘mood swing’ conditions, the most severe of which used to be called manic depression.”
Jessica Marais definitely deserves an applause for speaking out about this and proving that one can achieve if they believe and that mental illness doesn’t have to mean it’s the end of the world if you get help.
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