Looking out for myself more after bipolar disorder: Zeta-Jones

Updated: Jun 15, 2012, 09:36 AM IST

London: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones says she gained a new perspective on life after she sought treatment for bipolar disorder last year.

The 42-year-old hit the headlines in April after she checked into a mental health facility in Connecticut, where she spent five days combating a serious bout of depression, reported Daily Star.

"As hard as it is, it puts everything into perspective on a personal and professional level. I`m not so consumed about what people think or say like I used to be. It`s made me much more centered and I`m not afraid to say no and if people don`t like that, well, tough. I`m looking out for myself more.

"We spend a lot of time in our business being nice and giving a lot out to complete strangers. And then you turn around and go, `Wait a minute, I`m exhausted by this. It`s our time now and we should be enjoying every minute`," she said.

Zeta-Jones` treatment came less than a year after husband Michael Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer.