Catherine Zeta-Jones recently received treatment at a mental hospital for bipolar disorder, her publicist said yesterday, as rumors swirled that the actress was actually in treatment to detox.
“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,” said her publicist’s statement. “She's feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week on her two upcoming films.”
The past year has been a seesaw for the charismatic Hollywood couple. Zeta-Jones’ husband Michael Douglas, 66, was treated for stage 4 throat cancer, his son from a previous relationship was sentenced to five years for dealing meth and Douglas’s ex wife, Diandra, sued the actor for some of his “Wall Street 2” earnings. Zeta-Jones has stated she was furious with doctors for not catching Douglas’s cancer earlier, as he had complained of symptoms long before his diagnosis.
Published reports said Zeta-Jones, 41, was treated from April 6-11at Silver Hill Hospital, a renowned facility that treats substance abusers and the mentally ill in New Canaan, Conn., on April 6. Bipolar II disorder resembles Bipolar I (once known as “manic depression”) but lacks the extreme highs of its better- known counterpart.
Unnamed sources told The National Enquirer that the actress was placed in a ward for substance abusers at Silver Hill. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people with bipolar “may abuse alcohol or other substances. . . . it’s not easy to recognize these problems as signs of a major mental illness.”
The actress’s openness about her problems could help to de-stigmatize mental illnesses and reduce discrimination against the mentally illPeople who are bi-polar will be comforted to know that “this high-functioning, charismatic, sexy person who others aspire to be gets this, too,” said Dr. Martin Evers, associate director of psychiatry at Northern Westchester Hospital..