Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has checked into a 30-day rehab center to treat her bipolar II disorder. Zeta-Jones, 43, previously sought treatment for her bipolar condition in 2011.
“Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility,” her rep told People April 29. “Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.”
Sources say Zeta-Jones didn’t suffer a relapse or setback, but wanted her doctors to monitor her medication. Catherine looked healthy and happy when she stepped out with husband Michael Douglas, 68, on April 23 at New York’s Lincoln Center.
In April 2011, Zeta-Jones was hospitalized for five days after suffering prolonged periods of depression combined with bouts of mania.
Bipolar disorder, which afflicts about six million Americans, is marked by extremes in elevated or irritable moods with periods of depression. Bipolar II disorder patients experience more prolonged periods of depression, with less elevated manic stages. Treatment for bipolar disorder usually involves a combination of drugs and talk therapy.
Zeta-Jones’s bipolar disorder was reportedly triggered by the extreme stress the Welsh beauty endured in 2010 during her husband’s struggle with throat cancer.
Catherine has spoken openly about her mood disorder, but says she doesn’t want the mental condition to be her legacy. “I’m sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this,” the mom of two told Good Morning America. “I never wanted this to come out publicly.
“I dealt with it in the best way I could and that was just saying: ‘Hey, I’m bipolar. Everyone has things going on and we deal with them as best we can.”
Zeta-Jones isn’t the only celebrity who has spoken out about bipolar disorder. Actress Carrie Fisher has suffered from manic depression since age 13. In February 2013, Fisher, 56, was briefly hospitalized and treated for bipolar disorder after behaving erratically on a Caribbean cruise ship. Fisher treats her bipolar disorder with medication and electro-shock therapy.
“[Electric shock therapy] just puts you to sleep,” said Carrie. “There are no convulsions. It actually really helps. I don’t have to take as much medication. It gets a bad rap. The only way it’s shown in films is as a punishment.”
Update: Catherine Zeta-Jones is doing well after a month in rehab