Catherine Zeta-Jones Undergoes Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Catherine Zeta-Jones recently checked into a mental health facility to be treated for Bipolar II Disorder, according to Reuters.
In a statement, the actress's publicist, Cece Yorke, said that Ms. Zeta-Jones has been dealing with large amounts of stress stemming from her husband Michael Douglas's battle with throat cancer.
"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," Yorke said. She's feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.
Citing an unnamed source, People magazine said the 41-year-old actress had spent about five days in a treatment facility, though the details of when and where she was treated were not given.
Michael Douglas was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer last year, however, in January of 2011 he announced that the tumor had been eradicated. Adding to the family's troubles was the arrest and imprisonment of Douglas's son, Cameron, on drug charges.
Bipolar II is a milder version of Bipolar Disorder, a mental illness marked by swings in mood. In the former, manic episodes are less common, while depressive episodes tend to abound, according to Reuters.
"There's no question it's been a stressful year. Catherine has had to deal with Michael's illness and that's been hard, said the unnamed friend in People magazine. 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."