Catherine Zeta-Jones is seeking treatment again for bipolar II disorder—but don’t worry, everyone; she’s fine!
“Catherine has proactively checked into a health care facility,” the actress’ rep, Cece Yorke, told People. “Previously Catherine has said that she is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner.” A friend further stated, “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 manager her health. She is vigilant about it.” As one of TMZ’s sources put it, “It’s maintenance.”
Catherine began struggling with depression a few years before her husband, Michael Douglas, was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer in 2010. After he beat the cancer in 2011, though, she still couldn’t shake her depression. A friend told People at the time, “She was so happy, but that depression didn’t dissipate the way it should have. She would say, ‘It shouldn’t be this hard. She knew something was wrong.”
So she did the sensible thing and checked herself into Silver Hill Hospital, a mental health facility in New Canaan, Connecticut, where she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder. Bipolar II is characterized by prolonged periods of depression alternating with episodes of mild mania, and like many mental illnesses, there’s a certain stigma attached to having it. But Catherine’s hope in going public with her diagnosis was that she could help destigmatize the condition. She said in a statement at the time of her diagnosis, “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.” Kudos to Catherine, both for getting the help she needs and for her mission of destigmatization.
Catherine’s next film, RED 2, hits cinemas on July 19; meanwhile, her hubby is headed to Cannes in a few weeks for his Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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