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Catherine Zeta-Jones treated for bipolar disorder

Catherine Zeta-Jones treated for Bipolar disorder
This post has been updated. See note below for details.

Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who has stood by husband Michael Douglas' side during his bout with throat cancer, has been treated for bipolar disorder, her publicist said Wednesday.

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

Those who suffer from the medical illness, which had previously been named manic-depressive disorder, grapple with extreme shifts in mood, energy and functioning. They can alternate between states of mania and depression.

The disorder affects 3% of the population and is the sixth most common cause of disability in the United States, according to Psychology Today. It is usually a lifelong illness that is carried through genetics. Distinctions are made between Bipolar I and Bipolar II. The former is characterized by severe manic states while the sufferers from the latter swing from severe depression to a milder and briefer manic state called hypomania.

The actress spent five days at the Silver Hill Hospital near New Canaan, Conn., last week, the Daily Mail reported. She is said to have been dropped off by her husband, who owns a home nearby.

"There's no question it's been a stressful year," a friend told People. "Catherine has had to deal with Michael's illness and that's been hard. She went in for a few days because she's about to start working, and wanted to make sure she's in top form, which she is."

The "Chicago" actress was extremely supportive of her husband while he battled throat cancer and is said to have turned down roles during that time. Last year, Douglas was embroiled in a legal battle with his ex-wife, Diandra Douglas, over profits from his "Wall Street" sequel. Diandra Douglas co-starred with him in the original film.

Zeta-Jones and Douglas married in 2000. They have two children, Dylan Michael Douglas and Carys Zeta Douglas. Cameron Douglas, the actor's oldest son with his ex-wife, was sentenced in April 2010 to five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of distributing crystal meth and possessing heroin. 

For the record, 11:05 a.m. April 14: This post originally said that Bipolar II is more severe than Bipolar I. Actually, each disease is characterized by different symptoms with Bipolar II resulting in severe depression with milder manic states. This post has been revised to reflect that.

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Photo: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones in January. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

 
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omg all that Buty and that faim and money cant by you everything that is good in live like mental health luve her hope and pray , for the best

I guess it depends on how you look at bi-polar 1 and 2, but stating that 2 is a more severe disease is a little disingenious. Bi-polar 2 is more often misdiagnosed and often needs more than one medication. Depression can be a bigger problem, however the bi-polar 2 does not have full blown mania with delusions and even hallucinations. 2s experience hypomania, which many actually enjoy because of the increased energy, but they have trouble with concentration and racing thoughts and often cannot stop talking. Hypomania can last for days and even years.

My son is bi-polar 2 and I state the above from experience with him. In fact, WebMD states "In bipolar II disorder, the symptoms of elevate mood never reach full-on mania. Bipolar II can be thought of as a milder form of bipolar disorder." Our psychiatrist agrees.

Anyway - best of luck to both Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas with their health battles/issues.

Seems like Zeta Jones is a high maintenance wife. Not sure Michael Douglas is up for the job anymore.

The writer got the facts backwards. Bipolar I is the more severe illness with moods going to the two extremes of the spectrum from the sort of mania that some might detect in Charlie Sheen to extreme depression. Like Ms. Jones, I am Bipolar II, which is continual cycles of depression and less severe mania. I have been dealing with this since the age of 19, and wasn't correctly diagnosed until the age of 49. I am hoping that she becomes a beacon for those of us who feel like we have to hide, because the rest of the world considers us unemployable. As the main article said, stress is a huge trigger.

A side effect of her disorder is rapid aging of her husband. Has she tried prescription strength Midol?

FYI - Bipolar II is less severe that Bipolar I. Bipolar II is characterized by hypomania as opposed to the full blown manic episode that is necessary to meet criteria for bipolar I.

There's never been any genetic link proven, FYI. I sure hope Catherine gets to feeling like her old self again. Depression is a horrible illness.

While people with Bipolar 2 Disorder do not experience mania, they do experience more frequent and severe depressive episodes of longer duration than people with Bipolar 1. Researchers have concluded that Bipolar 2 is just as disabling as Bipolar 1, but for different reasons. The Times original statement was simply an error, but I applaud the correction, which is exactly right.

I find the comments from a couple of misogynists greatly disheartening. I'm surprised that the moderator allowed them to be posted. BPII is a medical condition requiring treatment and compassion. That men feel it's o.k. to disparage women for having any condition ranging from PMS to BPII shows that we haven't gotten that far in the world. Have a little respect and empathy, gentlemen.

SO SHE'S BIPOLAR...SO WHAT? EVERYTIME ONE OF THESE TINSELTOWN SLUGS COUGHS IT BECOMES A BIG PRODUCTION NUMBER. NOTHING GOES UNUSED IN THE WORLD OF SELF-OBSESSION AND PROMOTION...

SO MANY EXPERTS SANS DEGREES IN ANYTHING, LEAST OF ALL MEDICAL PRACTICE. YOU PEOPLE ARE SUCH JERKS TO WEIGH IN WITH PARTIAL AND MIS-INFORMATION. EXACTLY WHAT'S WRONG ANYMORE IN THE USA, EVERYONE, ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE, IS AN EXPERT ON EVERYTHING...

SHE'S BIPOLAR. SO WHAT? THERE'S NEVER A COUGH IN TINSELTOWN THAT ISN'T USED BY THE SELF-OBSESSED FOR PUBLICITY AND SELF-PROMOTION. THESE PEOPLE HAVE MONEY GALORE AND ACCESS TO THE BEST MEDICAL CARE IN THE WORLD. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S THE POOR AND DISPOSSESED WHO NEED ATTENTION AND PUBLICITY FOR THEIR AFFLICTIONS AND DON'T GET IT. ZETA-JONES, GET OVER IT!!

SO MANY EXPERTS ON BIPOLAR DISORDERS. IT'S AMAZING HOW EVERYONE IN AMERICA IS SUCH AN EXPERT ON EVERYTHING!


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