Thursday, April 14, 2011

Catherine Zeta-Jones Being Treated For Bipolar Disorder

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Most people try to hide their mental illness from others, but Catherine Zeta-Jones, 41 chose to share her struggle with bipolar disorder with us.  According to People, Catherine checked into a mental health treatment facility (she has now been released) to help her cope with her illness.  Catherine's rep said,

"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," the rep says in a statement. "She's feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films." 

Catherine spent a total of five days in treatment, at an unknown facility, according to a friend.  Catherine suffers from Bipolar II.  Bipolar disorder, a mental illness marked by elevated or irritable moods alternating with periods of depression, afflicts about 6 million Americans. Those with Bipolar II tend to have more depression, with the mood swings spread over a longer time and the "up" periods less elevated. The episodes can be triggered by major stress or life changes. 

We wish you well Catherine and hope that others suffering from this disorder will seek the help that they need too.

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