Catherine Zeta Jones Treated For Bipolar Disorder

April 14, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment
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Mental illness is no laughing matter and actress Catherine Zeta Jones knows that all too well. The 41-year-old actress has reportedly been admitted to a mental health treatment center for bipolar disorder.

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Catherine Zeta Jones’ rep confirmed the news:

“After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder. She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on two upcoming films.”

It’s nice to see celebrities setting a good example for others and getting treatment for their problems. We’re used to seeing celebrities making fools of themselves, right? In Zeta Jones’ case, she is acting responsibly. Gotta admire her for that! In case you’ve been asleep for a few months, the past year hasn’t been a cake walk for her with
Michael Douglas’ cancer
, but atleast now it is in remission.

According to TMZ, Catherine checked in to Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut but has checked out after a five day stay.

What is bipolar disorder?

WebMD explains, “Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood (poles) — from mania to depression. Between these mood swings, a person with bipolar disorder may experience normal moods.”

‘Manic’ describes an increasingly restless, energetic, talkative, reckless, powerful, euphoric period. Lavish spending sprees or impulsive risky sex can occur. Then, at some point, this high-flying mood can spiral into something darker — irritation, confusion, anger, feeling trapped. “Depression” describes the opposite mood — sadness, crying, sense of worthlessness, loss of energy, loss of pleasure, sleep problems.

Catherine Zeta Jones was was treated for Bipolar II which differs slightly. Although it still has cycles of mania and depression and other bipolar symptoms, “the “up” moods never reach full-on mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. In between episodes of hypomania and depression, many people with bipolar II disorder live normal lives,” says WebMD.

Wishing her the best!

 

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