Catherine Zeta-Jones has again turned to a treatment again for help with her bipolar disorder. Reports say that the Academy Award-winning actress (Best Supporting Actress, “Chicago”) checked herself into a health-care facility on Monday to better manage the medication for her condition.
Zeta-Jones rep, Cece Yorke, confirmed that she had checked into a health care facility:
Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility. Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.
An anonymous source said that the actress, 43, had always planned a return to a facility to better manage her health:
There was no big problem. This was just a good time to do it. She is in between projects. This has always been part of the plan. She would manage her health. She is vigilant about it.
Zeta-Jones first announced in 2011 that she had bipolar disorder. At the time, she spent some time in the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn.
Since her announcement, the actress has been open about her bipolar disorder, saying that she hoped that her disclosure and further revelations about it would help diminish the stigma that some feel.
Zeta-Jones, 43, said at the time:
This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them. If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.
In the past, bipolar disorder was called manic depression. In lay terms, it is a condition in which the patient suffers mood swings in both directions, meaning they will swing from manic (exceedingly happy) to extremely depressed.
In the case of Zeta-Jones, her exact diagnosis, according to Wikipedia, is bipolar II disorder.
Bipolar II disorder is similar, but not identical to bipolar I disorder. Moods cycling between high and low over time, but in bipolar II disorder, the “high” moods never reach full-on mania. The less-intense “high” moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania.