Catherine Zeta-Jones Treated For Bipolar Disorder

When most people think of celebrities and mental illness, the elegant Catherine Zeta-Jones is not the first person to come to mind. These days most of us would probably immediately think of Charlie Sheen, whose bizarre antics have everyone in the media speculating about his mental health. But media outlets reported yesterday that Zeta-Jones recently sought several days of treatment for bipolar II disorder, at an unnamed facility, and she has quickly become the new face of mental illness on the Internet.

According to her rep, "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.” Bipolar II is a type of bipolar disorder characterized by periods of depression alternating with periods of elevated mood known as hypomania. In sufferers of bipolar II, depressive episodes tend to be more frequent and intense than hypomanic episodes. They can be triggered by stress or major life changes, which Zeta-Jones has experienced in the last year due to her husband Michael Douglas’s battle with cancer.

Zeta-Jones’ frank admission of seeking help for her disorder is a good thing for sufferers of mental illness, since she proves that psychiatric trouble can afflict anyone. She is setting a good example by being proactive about her mental health, taking precautions to keep her illness from negatively affecting her career and family life. While most people don’t have the same resources as Zeta-Jones, it is still heartening to see someone manage a serious mental illness so successfully.

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