Catherine Zeta-Jones has gone back into rehab for her bipolar II disorder, but this time it is for a “maintenance” treatment, reports The Independent on April 30, 2013. Zeta-Jones, who is the wife of iconic actor Michael Douglas, first shared her plight with mental illness with her fans when she entered the same rehab back in 2011.
It was after Douglas’s diagnosis of stage three throat cancer that the worrying about her husband caught up with Zeta-Jones and she entered the rehab for five days back then. Today she is planning a full 30-day stay at the rehab facility for this disorder. According to “Fox and Friends” live on Tuesday morning, Zeta-Jones entered a facility in Connecticut for treatment this week.
There’s something else that the actress wants to share with people about her diagnosis, this has to do with the stigma that surrounds mental illness. She is hoping to help remove any stigma attached to her diagnosis. She said:
“I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.”
It was two weeks ago when Zeta-Jones was last seen in public. She and Douglas attended the 40 Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Lincoln Center. Bipolar, both I and II types are very treatable. Many who have a diagnosis of this disorder lead perfectly normal lives and this is what Zeta-Jones is out to convey to folks.
The disorder is not a dark and lonely place for this actress, in fact she feels it’s made her appreciate all that she has in life. The treatment of this illness allows folks to go about their daily life just like anyone else today, this is what Zeta-Jones wants to get across to people. While she’s a very private person, this is something she wanted to break her silence about because she felt that it might help others today.