Catherine Zeta Jones is being treated for bipolar II disorder at a mental health clinic in Connecticut after the actress reportedly suffered a breakdown following her husband Michael Douglas’s battle against throat cancer.
Yesterday, it emerged that Zeta Jones checked into the Silver Hill clinic for five days to receive treatment for bipolar II disorder. She is now said to be feeling better and planning to get back to work.
A bipolar II diagnosis is given when someone experiences depression and episodes of mild hypomania. If more severe manic episodes occur, the sufferer will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder I.
Zeta Jones, 41, is said to have begun experiencing the symptoms of mental illness during the time Douglas,66, was being treated for cancer.
Friends said that the Welsh actress had been through hell recently and had become “really stressed”.
Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas at Buckingham Palace on Feb 24, 2011, when the actress was presented with a CBE by Prince Charles in honour of services to the film industry and to charity.
Zeta Jones’ spokesperson said: “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.”
However he continued that she was feeling much better and was looking forward to getting back to work but that she had felt it necessary to receive treatment for the bipolar disorder first.
Catherine Zeta Jones is due to star alongside Gerard Butler in comedy Playing The Field, scheduled for release early next year.
In 2010 Michael Douglas announced to a TV audience that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer. In January 2011 he said that he was on the mend and that the tumor had gone.
According to experts, a stressful event can trigger bipolar disorder, which is treatable with medication and psychotherapy.
Zeta Jones is not alone in being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Other celebs who are bipolar include Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson.